FAQs: What is child support and how is it determined?

When a relationship breaks down and there are children involved, it is required by law that parents continue to support their children financially. These payments are referred to as child support or child maintenance and are used to help with the cost of raising a child.

What is child support?
What is child support?
How do I determine if I am eligible for child support?
How do I determine if I am eligible for child support?
Who determines child support in Perth?
Who determines child support in Perth?
How is child support assessed?
How is child support assessed?
How do I apply for child support?
How do I apply for child support?
Will child support affect any Centrelink payment or Family Tax benefits/pension I am receiving?
Will child support affect any Centrelink payment or Family Tax benefits/pension I am receiving?
Does the Family Court determine child support in Perth?
Does the Family Court determine child support in Perth?
Can I make my own arrangements privately with my partner?
Can I make my own arrangements privately with my partner?
What is a Binding Child Support Agreement or a Limited Child Support Agreement?
What is a Binding Child Support Agreement or a Limited Child Support Agreement?
What happens if I want to change my child support arrangements?
What happens if I want to change my child support arrangements?
How do I dispute a child support arrangement?
How do I dispute a child support arrangement?
What if I don’t pay child support?
What if I don’t pay child support?
Can I collect child support if we live in different countries?
Can I collect child support if we live in different countries?