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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.

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Publications

  • Changes to the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court amid COVID-19 - 1 Jul 2020
    Danielle Borg
    In this article Lawyer Danielle Borg outlines the latest changes to the Courts and the increase in fees from 1 July 2020.
  • Why a Coleman Greig Lawyers Child Maintenance Trust? - 25 Mar 2020
    Dung Lam
    Coleman Greig can work with you to establish a Child Maintenance Trust that offers tax benefits to both the parent making maintenance payments and the family receiving maintenance payments. In this article, Tax Team Leader Dung Lam outlines what you need to consider when establishing a Child Maintenance Trust.
  • What happens when an Accountant is served with a subpoena in family law proceedings? - 26 Nov 2019
    Amanda Malinowsky, Danielle Borg
    Where a party has not provided full and frank disclosure of their financial affairs in family law proceedings, a way to obtain these financial documents is for a party to serve a subpoena. In this article, Senior Associate Amanda Malinowsky and Lawyer Danielle Borg outline what accountants need to do if served with a subpoena.
  • CBD-Style Legal Services Now on the Doorstep for Campbelltown-Macarthur Residents - 23 Jul 2019
    Warrick McLean
    Residents and businesses within the Campbelltown-Macarthur region now have access to a wider range of commercial and personal legal services, expertise and support following Coleman Greig Lawyers' opening of offices in the centrally-located Oran Park Podium.
  • What happens with the family business following a separation? - 19 Nov 2018
    Amanda Malinowsky, Danielle Borg
    When a party to either a marriage or de-facto relationship has control over a family business, the breakdown of the relationship will often lead to the operation of the business coming under close scrutiny as part of a subsequent property dispute. This piece looks at just what happens to the family business following a separation.
  • Industry recognition for expertise and impact - 6 Sep 2017
    Warrick McLean
    Coleman Greig is thrilled with the recent recognition of two of its Principals, Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar and Caroline Hutchinson, in industry awards.
  • 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.

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