Court ordered periodic child support for children not covered under the child support legislation.
You need to know
The Federal Circuit Court and Family Courts may make orders for child maintenance payments for children who aren't covered under the child support legislation.
Child support and your Family Tax Benefit Part A
Any child support you get can affect how much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you get.
Child support responsibilities
As a parent, you have responsibilities.
- pay your child support in full and on time
- make sure care arrangements are in place for your children
- lodge your tax return on time
- report your income accurately, and
- tell us about any changes of circumstances
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.
Child support and military deployment
When you leave Australia on military deployment you need to tell us your new details. This is so we can make sure your child support is still accurate.
Once you have read about court orders for child maintenance the next steps are to:
- collect any supporting documents
- submit your court order to us with any supporting documents
Paying child support
How to pay child support
There are different ways to make child support payments.
Collecting child support
Choose a collection option
The person who will receive child support can choose how the paying parent pays them.
This is where you and the other parent make and receive payments directly between you. It’s for parents who don’t need much help from us to agree on a plan.
Child Support Collect
This is where we collect and transfer child support payments for you.
Changes of circumstances that affect your child support
We need to know about changes that could affect your child support.