When they are searching for a leading team of child support lawyers, clients know to trust the professional service, decades of experience and honest approach of Aitken Partners.
We have helped clients find a fair and efficient solution to their child support and parenting disputes, working to ensure all negotiations, mediations and (where necessary) court proceedings are handled in a proportionate and respectful manner.
Child support is a payment from one parent to the other to assist in the day-to-day care of the children.
Parties can either seek payment of child support through the Child Support Assessment Scheme or they may attempt to reach a private agreement (either a Limited or a Binding Child Support Agreement). In some cases, it may be necessary to seek a Departure Order in the Family Court which, as the name suggests, provides a support outcome that departs from the usual assessment formula.
The Child Support Assessment Scheme applies to children whose parents separated on or after 1 October 1989 or where a child is born after that date. The Child Support Agency applies an administrative formula in calculating the appropriate level of support payable by one party to the other.
In broad terms, the formula takes into account the number of children and the age of the children in your family, the number of nights the children spend in your respective care, whether there are any other children who require your financial assistance, and the taxable income of yourself and your partner. The costs are then shared between the parents in proportion to each parent’s contribution to their combined income.
Child Support Agreements are often reserved for parties with a significant income, or where the child or children have specific needs not taken into account by the formula. Some common examples are private school fees, the costs relating to extra-curricular and sporting activities, private health insurance and recurrent out of pocket medical expenses.
A Child Support Agreement can include provisions for payment of a periodic sum (paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly), lump-sum payments designed to meet private school fees and associated expenses, private health insurance and out of pocket medical expenses, and extracurricular expenses for children including their sporting and other activities.
Our lawyers can advise you as to your liability to pay, or entitlement to receive child support, and can also assist you to reach and document an agreement on child support matters. We are also experienced in preparing and appearing in applications to the Court for departure orders, and can provide tailored and sought-after legal advice to clients in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
The family law team at Aitken Partners will work closely with you, taking the time to understand your personal, professional and emotional circumstances. When clients work with our compassionate team of lawyers, clients can be sure that their case is in good hands.
At Aitken Partners we understand that child support and parenting matters can be a complex, lengthy and stressful process for all parties concerned. Our clients receive not only professional legal assistance and representation but a consistent and compassionate base of support to help them through every step of the process.
By working with our Family Law Team you will be ensuring that your case is given the best chance of success. Our family law solicitors will be able to steer your case around the dense language of child support and parenting law.
We are always open and honest with our clients; our job is to provide you with advice and to explain your options and your job as our client is to provide us with instructions and make informed decisions. . This method of direct and transparent communication has allowed us to develop deep and lasting relationships with clients from across the country.
As some of the leading child support & Parenting lawyers across Melbourne, as well as in Sydney and Brisbane, we have seen all manner of cases in this field and know the weight that these matters carry. That is why we are there to support our clients, as well as provide them with dependable and proven legal advice.
To learn more about working with Aitken Partners’ Family Law Team, call our staff today.
When seeking assistance and legal advice from a leading team of child protection lawyers, Melbourne clients know to call upon the solicitors here at Aitken Partners.
We are committed to championing the safety and wellbeing of all children and deliver all legal services with their best interests in mind. Our solicitors are experts in all areas of child protection law and will ensure that you understand and help you navigate around the often complex system.
Contact our office today for all further enquiries, or to arrange a consultation with one of our in-demand solicitors.
As independent children’s lawyers, the staff at Aitken Partners are wholly dedicated to supporting and representing our clients. No matter how delicate or intricate the case may be, we will treat our clients and their families with the respect they both need and deserve.
Call the Aitken Partners offices today on +61 3 8600 6080 to learn more about the legal services provided by our skilled and compassionate solicitors.