In Queensland and across Australia, the parents of a child are legally mandated to support him until he becomes fully self-sufficient. Typically, the non-custodial parent pays for child support. He or she sends a monthly payment to the custodial parent until the child reaches 18 years of age.
Though the father typically pays for child support to the mother, the opposite can also be true. QLD family law likewise requires that both parents pay for child support if the child is in the custody of a third party. This may refer to grandparents or other legal guardians.
A parent is eligible to pay for child support under a number of various qualifications, which include but are not limited to the following:
Married parents are automatically eligible to pay child support in the event of a divorce or separation. Children born during the marriage receive child support from the non-custodial parent until they reach the age of 18 or are legally emancipated. Some cases, however, require the parent to continue child support even after the child reaches legal age. This is common in cases of disabled children.
Parents declared on the birth certificate must also pay child support. Even if the couple is not legally married, they are responsible for the child’s well-being. The support only stops once the child reaches legal age or becomes independent. No payments are needed if another couple legally adopts the child.
The father pays child support if he has been living with the mother for at least 20 weeks before the child’s birth.
A statutory declaration includes any legal document that declares an individual as the child’s legal guardian. This may include adoption cases, as well as individuals who legally declare themselves as the child’s parent.
Paying child support is rarely a clear-cut process. In Australia, many factors come into play, including wages, taxes, and the employability of the ones paying child support.