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Child Support – applying is easier than you think

I met a young single mother last month who didn’t realise:

  1. that she was entitled to child support and
  2. how easy the application process was once I showed her.

When the father of her child walked out the week after it was born she was left a broken woman. At the same time she believed the father wasn’t required to pay child support and when I told her he absolutely is required to and that an application could be done online, she was thrilled!

The Department of Human Services have come a long way in making an application for child support super easy with hardly any documentation required and you don’t have to deal with the other parent at all if you don’t want to.  I sat with my client and helped her fill out the application, after fifteen minutes the application was off for assessment – we didn’t even need paperwork.

Here is the link to start your application (or resume it)

https://childsupportapplication.humanservices.gov.au/

Once you start your application its very self-explanatory and if you have all the details with you of you and the other parent that’s pretty much all you need to do. Also, if you don’t know some of the information such as the other parent’s address or income you can still submit the application anyway and get the ball rolling.

Another great feature of the online application is you can chose how you want payments to be transferred to be arranged. The child support collect option means you don’t need to do anything , the Department of Human Services do the collecting for you from the other parent.

The whole process takes a claimed “28 days” but we have seen it happen sooner for some of our clients.


Maspero Legal is a family business on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with 27 + years of helping clients satisfy their legal needs.

Servicing all of Sydney and beyond, they know the most important person in the room (and court) is you and their convenient and flexible services include pay as you go billing to help resolve your legal problems effectively.

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They offer a free consultation at a time and place to suit you, all you need to bring is an open mind.


 

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