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Child support

Child support

Parents are legally obliged to provide financial support for their children. Sometimes parentage needs to be determined to decide who is required to pay child support.


Child support and child maintenance

Child support is financial support for a child paid by a parent to the other parent or carer of the child. Carers can include grandparents, other relatives or friends who have the child in their care.  More...



Proving parentage

Sometimes there are disagreements about who are the parents of a child. The law makes certain assumptions about who is a parent of a child, however, there are ways to prove who is in fact the parent of a child if there is any disagreement. These issues may impact on entitlement to Centrelink payments and other services. More...


Last reviewed 30/10/2012

Last modified: 31/03/2015 10:42 AM


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