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Parties may enter into Unregistered Child Support Agreements, however this is usually not recommended.
Unregistered Child Support Agreements are sometimes called Informal Child Support Agreements.
Unregistered or Informal Child Support Agreements are not legally binding on the parties.
Unregistered or Informal Child Support Agreements will not be enforceable.
If parents reach a private agreement about Child Support and do not detail it in a Child Support Agreement, it is usually recommended that records be permanently kept as evidence of amounts paid for Child Support.
Read about when payment of Child Support will stop.
There is a difference between Child Support and Child Maintenance. If you don't know what the difference is, you can read more in our fact sheet What is Child Support and Child Maintenance.
If you need to know who must pay Child Support, you can read more in our fact sheet Who is liable to pay Child Support.
We also have a separate fact sheet answering the question Does Child Support have to be paid.
Whether you arrange to have child support paid privately or collected through the Child Support Agency, you will need to know what to do to arrange for Child Support payments to start. This is explained in our fact sheet What is the procedure & steps involved for Child Support payments.
How much Child Support should be paid is commonly an issue between parents. There is a method the Child Support Agency use to assess Child Support which is explained in our fact sheet How is Child Support Calculated.
If you do not agree with the decision made by the Child Support Agency when they assessed the amount of Child Support to be paid then you should read the fact sheet What if I disagree with a Child Support Agency Decision.
Most commonly paying parents arrange to pay their child support from their wages, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. More significant lump sums can be paid, including a lump sum payment being made by the transfer of a house or unit. Read more in the fact sheet Can I do Lump Sum Child Support Payments.
Some parents reach agreement about how much child support should be paid. there are different types of private agreements you can enter into. Read more in the following fact sheets:
Other Questions answered in the Child Support Section
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