In life, some relationships work, some don’t. In Australia, if the marriage isn’t working, you can get a divorce, especially if you want to remarry. Being separated, however, doesn’t cut off your ties to your previous partner. If you have children, the law demands that you pay child support. O’Shea & Dyer Solicitors answers some of the questions regarding child support.
Who Pays Child Support?
One of the biggest questions about child support is who should pay. According to Child Support Scheme, both legal parents have to provide the children’s finances regardless whether they are biological or adopted.
What is a legal parent? You are a legal parent if your marriage occurred before the birth of the child, the court states you are the parent, there’s a statutory declaration you are the parent, you are a resident or a citizen of the country, and the birth certificate identifies you as the parent.
Where to Pay Child Support
The Australian Government’s Department of Human Services monitors your child support payments, but the good news is you don’t have to go through them in order to pay up. Parents and ex-partners can discuss the payment methods and amounts privately, although it’s highly recommended to have a written agreement. If you’re living in Queensland, talk to divorce lawyers in Townsville. By having a professional with you, you can come up with a win-win plan for all parties involved, especially the children.
How Much to Pay
There’s no fixed amount to pay for child support. Rather, it depends on many factors mainly the adjusted taxable income of the parent less dependent allowance and self-support costs as well as percentage of care. You can read the eight-step formula here.
Many studies showed divorce has a huge emotional impact on children, with many of them growing up facing plenty of troubles in school and relationships. As parents, it’s your responsibility to provide them a well-rounded, healthy environment even if you’re no longer together, you need to begin by making sure you meet their needs.