No matter who a child lives with, and no matter what the state of the relationship between a child’s parents, both parents always have a responsibility to support the child.
In the past some parents have ignored this responsibility. The Child Support Agency has therefore been established to enforce child support payments. The Agency gathers the details of each parent’s income, applies a formula to work out how much child support must be paid, and advises both parents.
It is a simple system that generally works well. Complications sometimes happen when one parent disputes the income details, or when one parent’s circumstances change. We can provide advice about how the system works and assist with any problems. There are also occasions when adult children require maintenance to complete their studies or for other reasons (such as a disability). In those cases we may make applications to the Family Law Courts.