Child Support

The breakdown of a family unit is a very difficult time for a child, or children, and there are numerous factors that need to be taken into account to ensure that decisions are made in the child’s best interests. When parents separate, proper arrangements need to be made for the ongoing financial, physical and emotional support of their children.
 
The financial obligations of parents to provide for their children are governed by the Child Support Scheme. Child Support is payable for all children living in Australia (up to the age of 18 years) whose parents have separated, whether or not the parents were married to each other. Our family lawyers are able to provide qualified advice and assistance with respect to child support obligations, and help you to establish private Child Support Agreements, or assist in your dealings with the Child Support Agency.
 
The Coleman Greig family law team also has significant experience and expertise with regard to issues that affect children. We have represented numerous clients with parenting issues in contested Court hearings and some of the lawyers within our team are also members of the Panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers. 
 
Our primary goal is to minimise risk to children and ensure their rights are considered at all times, whilst at the same time balancing care and compassion with the determination and expertise required to obtain the best results.

For more information, or to make an appointment at one of our offices, contact us.

Parramatta Office
Phone +61 2 9895 9200
Level 11, 100 George Street,
Parramatta NSW 2150

or

Norwest Baulkham Hills Office
Phone +61 2 9895 9343
Suite 601, Level 6, 2 - 8 Brookhollow Avenue
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
info@colemangreig.com.au    

Child Support - Our Clients

The experienced team of family lawyers at Coleman Greig can provide advice and assistance to clients with any family law issue. Whether you were married or in a de-facto relationship, with children or without, our specialist team can work with you to achieve the best possible results on your behalf. 

We have helped separating couples with complex property and financial settlements, those who own family businesses and those with difficult and complicated parenting arrangements to resolve. In all cases, the breadth and depth of our collective experience and our access to expertise form a range of other areas have resulted in a successful outcome for our clients.

Below are some recent comments from family law clients;  

“…thank you for the excellent work you did for me in my Property Settlement case…I thank you for reviewing my case so quickly and in such a diligent and thorough way…In much less time than expected, my case has been resolved and at minimal cost…I really hope you show this letter to some of your prospective clients because they should know that they’ll always be treated very carefully, with brutal honesty and with great respect.”

“Thanks does not even come close to expressing my appreciation for your wonderful work.”

"For me, the best part of dealing with Coleman Greig is that you feel like you are a part of a team - with everyone trying their hardest to help you, to resolve your issues quickly and effectively and keep you positive.... despite the circumstances"

"I want to thank you so much for all you have done to make my financial settlement possible. You have managed to keep the process moving, and to achieve a really good result. I really valued our meetings and appreciated your understanding of the situation and your incisive actions. Without you, it would not have happened."

"For me, the best part of dealing with Coleman Greig is that you don't feel like a client with a solicitor - it’s like being part of a family and everyone is trying to help you and keep you smiling, despite the circumstances"

"I want to thank you so much for all you have done to make my financial settlement possible. You have managed to keep the process going and to achieve a really good result. I have enjoyed our meetings and appreciated your understanding of the situation and incisive actions. Without you it would not have happened."

"I am sorry to say that I can't really help you to improve the service.... because I can’t think of anything you could improve! Everything was excellent in my experience and I wouldn’t suggest you change a thing"

"I wish there were bigger words to express my appreciation. Thank you does not seem enough somehow. I thank you for your professionalism, your calm empathy, and the example you are as to how to deal with a crisis. Naturally, I thank you for the rest as well."

"I want to personally thank you for everything you have done for me over the time of my case. You have been very kind and patient and I have appreciated it. Whatever the outcome, my sincere thanks. You have made a bad situation a little easier to deal with."

"Thank you so much for your objective advice and for anchoring me and working out what was in my best interests at a time when I thought my only option was to run to court.  Although I would rather not go through this again, if anything comes up I will definitely keep you and Coleman Greig in mind." 

Publications

  • Plain English Guide to Child Support - 1 Jul 2015
    When parents separate, proper arrangements need to be made for the financial support of their children. The obligations of parents to provide for their children are governed by the Child Support Scheme. This Plain English Guide sets out some of the more commonly asked questions regarding child support.
  • Plain English Guide to Parenting Issues - 1 Jul 2015
    This Plain English Guide sets out some of the key provisions of the Family Law Act as it relates to children and what the Court will take into consideration when determining what arrangements should be made and who will have responsibility for the children.
  • Plain English Guide to Parenting Plans - 1 Jul 2015
    The law encourages separating parents to reach agreement about matters concerning their children. Parents are encouraged to take responsibility for their parenting arrangements and for resolving parental conflict; to use the legal system as a last resort rather than first resort; to minimise present and the possibility of future conflict by reaching a negotiated agreement; and to regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration.
  • Relocation of Children – an update - 1 Apr 2015
    Karina Ralston
    In this case a mother relocated to Queensland from New South Wales but the Court determined she should return to NSW so the child could develop a meaningful relationship with the father.