How a child support assessment works.
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To be eligible for a child support assessment you must meet residence rules and be the legal parent or non-parent carer of the child.
The assessment period
A child support period is the amount of time an assessment covers. It can be up to 15 months.
We can make a child support assessment if at least 1 parent lives in Australia.
A parenting plan is a written agreement with the other parent. It sets rules for things like how much time the children will spend with each parent.
Ending an assessment
There are a number of reasons why a child support assessment will end.
If you provide care for a child and aren’t the parent, you may be able to receive child support from both parents. You must apply for a child support assessment.
Reciprocating jurisdictions and residency
We have arrangements for child support with a number of countries. We call these reciprocating jurisdictions.
Arrangements between Australia and New Zealand
We have special arrangements for collecting and paying child support between Australia and New Zealand.