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    Default What exactly DOES child support cover?

    I can't seem to get past all the mumbo jumbo on their website to find what CS covers? Im soon to be going through a parenting plan where I am expecting a whole heap of demands, considering he is poor on paying child support, it would be nice to have some ammo back to whatever nonsense he shoots at me! But yes also for curiosity :-)

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    What do you mean?

    You are entitled to x amount to help support your child.
    Whether or not he pays or they enforce payment is not reliable.

    Remember a parenting plan is not legally enforceable. Just something to think about.

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    Its to support the child, so clothes, food, school fees stuff like that. Its Child support so not sure how he can twist it or what is particularly confusing.

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    Both your income and his income is looked at, as well as the amount of care and other children you have in your care. It factors in all living expenses you both incur by having the child/ren with you. So if you have them most of the time, they will see you as having more costs, but also see that he has to provide for them when they are in his care. If you have 50/50 care, and you earn more.. you may end up paying him, or neither of you paying eachother.

    Private agreements are the best, then you can negotiate through the parenting plan and get an estimated amount you should be paying eachother through child support. It will also keep you on speaking terms with him and prevent stress for the kids. If that doesnt work, then he can opt to have the payments deducted straight out of his pay through his employer which he will then not even have to think about.

    Keep in mind though, if he decides he doesnt want to pay and racks up debt with them and ultimately you and the kids, then it will be up to you to ensure you continue to monitor what he is doing (keep up to date with phone numbers, addresses, employers etc). Because if they can't find anything on him through their searches, then they cannot do anything until you give them new information. If you dont receive payment for a couple of months, and you call them, you will only be asked to provide them with any new information. And they cannot give you any info on how collection is going with him, or how they are collecting it.

    if you want an estimate of how much you will get (if you know how much he earns) then you can use the estimator on the CS or Centrelink websites

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    yes parenting plans and not worth the paper they are written on get court orders much easier enforced

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