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An assessment of periodic child support is made by DHS after either parent makes an application. To make a calculation, DHS applies a formula that takes into account the care arrangements for the child/ren and the income of each parent. DHS then notifies each parent of the amount they are entitled to receive or are required to pay.

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Circumstances where the Family Court may decide that a child spend no time at all with a parent

It is rare that a court will order no contact between a parent and child, however greater weight will be placed on the need to protect a child from physical or psychological harm, over having a meaningful relationship with both parents.


COVID-19 and binding child support agreements

In a recent decision of Martyn & Martyn [2020], the Family Court of Australia accepted that the economic effects of COVID-19 can amount to ‘exceptional circumstances’ when setting aside a binding child support agreement.


Family Courts launch COVID-19 List to deal with urgent parenting disputes

Commencing today (29 April 2020) the Australian Family Courts have established a court list dedicated to deal exclusively with urgent parenting-related disputes that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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