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Child support – lodge tax returns on time

by Peter Magee on June 9, 2016

Peter Magee

In Dalton & Munro & Anor [2015] FCCA 2945 Judge Scarlett heard a case about a father’s child support debt.

The Child Support Registrar had applied to enforce a child support debt of $27,394.53 and late penalties of $3,581.60.

Because the Father had not lodged his tax returns for 2011, 2012 and 2015, his child support liability had been calculated … Read more

Can you cease paying child support?

by Peter Magee on April 4, 2016

Peter Magee

The Child Support Agency requires a paying parent to pay the minimum child support to the other parent once an assessment is made by the Agency. Even a Child Support Agreement does not have the power to remove or reduce the minimum child support payable according to a current assessment. Removing your child support liability is not easy but it … Read more

Child Support Agreements

by Karen Devey on March 22, 2016

Karen Devey

Child Support Agreements are often used as part of an overall property settlement. Child Support is largely separate and distinct from both property and parenting matters. However, it can certainly be used as a tool to reach an overall agreement between parties when negotiating a settlement.

In the absence of agreement, parents pay or receive child support pursuant to an … Read more

Go out to work!

by Michelle McDermott on February 19, 2016

Michelle McDermott

Wealthy husbands across the globe (well, in the UK anyway) have rejoiced in a recent decision from Lord Justice Pitchford in the UK Court of Appeal, in which he has told the ex-wife of a millionaire horse surgeon to seek employment, warning that she has no right to expect “an income for life” at her former husband’s expense.

Whilst very … Read more

Bree Staines

Separation is difficult and exhausting. Separation when you have children is more difficult, exhausting, and emotional.

But if you are separating in Sydney, you can add “expensive” to the list of adjectives used to describe separation. The median house price has increased by almost $200,000 in a year or 22.9 per cent, which is one of the highest annual growth … Read more

Dad Wins Case When Twins Won’t Take Job

by Peter Magee on October 31, 2014

Peter Magee

In an article published in the Telegraph, Court Reporter Padraic Murphy reports “Dad wins case when twins won’t take jobs”.

Murphy reports: “Twins who refused to work while they went to university have been stripped of some of the child maintenance paid by their father.”

The pair of twins aged 20 even refused a well paid offer of work organised … Read more

Sperm Donor or Dad?

by Kerry White on February 21, 2014

Kerry White

Doing a friend a favour could cost you…………

A US court has held that a man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple and who had entered into a contract to the effect that he would not have any financial obligation towards the support of the child, is the child’s parent and as such responsible for the financial support of … Read more

Men Want More Free Time

by Peter Magee on August 20, 2012

Peter Magee

The Daily Telegraph (11 August 2012) has recently reported on Australian Bureau of Statistics’ figures which indicate that both men and women would like to work fewer hours. However, while 42% of women want to work less so that they can spend time caring for their children, only 14% of men wish to prioritise child care over paid work. Rather, … Read more

He’s not my son. I won’t pay child support!

by Peter Magee on February 21, 2012

Peter Magee
On 28 November 2011, Nine MSN reported that an Australian mother has been forced to pay her ex-husband almost $13,000 in previously paid child support after the father secretly had a DNA test done and confirmed that he was not the father of his 14 year old son.

In Court, the father stated that he had sought the DNA test … Read more

Child support: which payment method is best?

by Peter Magee on February 11, 2012

Peter Magee
Many parents don’t know that there are different methods for paying Child Support to the other parent. One method is “Private Collect”. This is where the parents transfer child support payments between themselves. You can choose the private collect payment method when there is a court order that is registered, a child support assessment has been issued and when a … Read more