Presenters: Brett Walker-Roberts - Child Support Program Branch
Amanda Nates - Child Support Program Branch
Chair: Siobhan Parker - Mitcham Family Law
The 1 July 2018 amendments to the child support legislation that relate to child support agreements are seemingly simple. However, it has become apparent that these amendments are producing some drafting challenges for practitioners and clients. In particular, child support agreements can no longer include a provision that makes child support payable to a parent who has less than 35% care. Issues may also arise where a care of change occurs in the context of an agreement where each parent has an obligation to pay child support to the other. The session will explain the amendments and provide practical tips to ensure your agreements are able to be accepted by the Child Support Registrar and achieve the outcome intended by the obligations.
The session will also provide practical drafting tips that address the issues that often arise with these technical documents. For example, suggestions to draft to the changes that routinely arise in the life of a child support case/agreement such as changes to the care arrangements, new families, and changes to income.