Child Support

 

You may be required to pay child support even though you do not see your child, or they do not live with you.

You can apply for a child support assessment through the Child Support Agency or you can enter into a private agreement.

There are two types of private agreements, a Limited Child Support Agreement and a Binding Child Support Agreement.

One advantage of entering into a private agreement is that they can include payments for children’s expenses such as school fees.

Limited Child Support Agreement

There must be a Child Support Agency assessment in place before entering into a Limited Child Support Agreement. The payments must be equal to, or more than, the annual rate in the assessment.

Binding Child Support Agreement

 

In most cases you do not need a Child Support Agency assessment when entering into a Binding Child Support Agreement.

 

The payments can be more or less than what would be assessed by the Child Support Agency.

 

Each party must receive independent legal advice before entering into Binding Child Support Agreement.

We can assist you to choose the right child support agreement by letting you know how the law works.

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