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Child support

The term ‘child support’ refers to the financial support provided for children by parents who do not live together. The law says that both parents (including same sex parents) have an obligation to financially support their children.

The amount that should be paid depends on a number of variables, including:

  • the adjusted taxable income of each parent;
  • the costs of children (based on Australian research);
  • the level of care each parent provides for the children; and
  • whether either parent supports other children who they have a legal duty to support.
The role of the Department of Human Services - Child Support  :  Last Revised: Fri Feb 16th 2018
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