Changes of circumstances that affect your child support
It’s important you tell us as soon as possible if your circumstances change. This makes sure your details and child support assessment are accurate.
You need to tell us if there are any changes in the following:
- your contact details
- postal address
- telephone numbers
- email address if you have one
- your bank account details
- bank account name
- bank account number
- BSB number
- your income
- if you get a job and your assessment is based on an estimate of income
- if you lose your job, an estimate of income may be an option
- if you change jobs and your income changes for the remainder of the financial year
- if your current income increases or decreases and your assessment is based on an estimate of income
Changes to your children's circumstances while receiving child support
You also need to tell us if your children's details change to make sure your details and assessment are accurate. You need to tell us if:
- your child is turning 18 years of age and is still in secondary school
- there is a change in the amount of care you have of your child
- you have a child with another partner
- your child becomes legally adopted
- you and the other parent have another child together and want this child included in your child support assessment
- your child marries or starts to live in a de facto or marriage-like relationship, or
- a parent or child included in the child support assessment dies
You and the other parent get back together and you have a child support assessment
If you and the other parent decide to get back together we can suspend a child support assessment for 6 months.
If you or the other parent have another child support assessment with someone else, the children who are living with you will be treated as relevant dependent children in that assessment.
Read more about child support assessments with second families.
If you separate again
If you separate again within 6 months and the receiving parent didn’t already choose to end the assessment, either parent can reinstate the assessment by telling us you have separated again. The paying parent will start child support payments again from the new date of separation.