FAMILY LAWYERS YOU CAN TRUST WITH YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE
How Do You Handle Child Custody Arrangements After Separation?
Receiving experienced and quality legal advice is crucial in understanding your options and creating a plan that prioritises the well-being and happiness of your children. It's important for the short and long-term well-being and development of your children to make arrangements for parenting after a relationship ends, and it's best to do so with care and consideration. With the right guidance, many parents are able to reach a mutually agreeable arrangement, often involving equal time or one parent having primary custody while the other has designated visiting time. Each situation is unique and customised to meet the needs of the children. These agreements may also address specific concerns, such as education or health. If a resolution cannot be reached, taking the matter to family court may become necessary. At Loukas Law, we offer expertise in these matters and have extensive experience in handling challenging and complex child-related litigation in court.Book a No-Obligation Consultation
Are You Entitled to Receive Child Support?
Child support matters are often complicated, confusing and highly disputed. Our child support lawyers are here to help you better understand your obligations, determine whether you’re paying the correct amount and advise whether the courts should be involved to alter payments or private agreements should be made. The Child Support Agency (CSA) assesses and determines the amount to be paid, taking into account factors such as income and living arrangements of the children. For further information on how Child Support is assessed in Western Australia, click below to read our Go-To Guide.Child Support: Your Go-To Guide
NOT ALL SITUATIONS ARE THE SAME
For some families, a parent’s obligations to their children never cease – no matter what. This can be more the case during a separation or divorce, which can have a traumatic impact on children – especially if that process is not managed well.
WHAT ARE THE CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS AFTER A DIVORCE OR SEPARATION?
As far as the law is concerned, parents always have some level of legal responsibility for giving financial support to their children, even if they never lived with the other parent; they do not live or spend time with the children; or they are an adoptive parent for the children.
One way to guard your children against the adverse impacts of a divorce or separation is by working together (where possible) to decide, and secure, the various financial responsibilities for them, outside the scope of the child support agency’s formula – be it through private agreements or specific court departure orders.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING CHILD SUPPORT THAT IS OWED?
In general, the CSA will assist if you are not receiving the child support payments that are owed to you. However, there are some circumstances in which you may need to make an application to the Family Court in relation to child support. The court can make orders to enforce child support payments.
CHILD SUPPORT LAWYERS PERTH FAMILIES CAN TRUST
We know first-hand that working out who contributes what, and how much, to the ongoing care of children can be challenging. It sometimes results in certain types of contributions not being properly acknowledged.
Loukas Law can help you account for, quantify and document the various ways you and your co-parent care for your children, and protect their futures. This includes: working out whether child support (for children under 18 years of age) or child maintenance (in limited circumstances for children over the age of 18 years) is appropriate; helping you decide how child support payments are set and collected; and assisting you if there is doubt about a child’s parentage.
Loukas Law are the child support lawyers Perth family law clients can trust because we will work to help support and secure your child’s future on a workable basis, for all involved.
How We Can Help With Child Support Matters
Litigation in Family Court
The right experience, advice and counsel can make an enormous impact for child custody arrangements.Litigation in Family Court
Ensuring lines of communication stay open between parties and helping them come to their own solutions.Mediation
An approach to dispute resolution involving all parties that offers long term benefits to families.Collaboration
Our trusted partners offer strategies to support your emotional wellbeing and decision-making.Counselling
Perth Child Support Lawyers – Providing for your family’s future.