Inner West Child Support Lawyer

Child Support and Maintenance

Child support and maintenance is a significant part of family dispute resolution and family law in Australia.

A child support agreement is usually the end goal for separated couples and is always beneficial to begin the negotiation process as soon as possible following a family breakdown.

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What is Child Support?

Put simply, child support is the payment that one spouse pays to the other to financially support the couples’ child or children. This only applies to ‘children’, meaning under 18 years old, and depending on the circumstances, their parents may not even have to be previously married to one another.

The payment the parent receives should be reasonably fair, covering things like food, housing, clothing, schooling and education costs, medical expenses, and other basic needs of the child.

However, there are no legal restrictions on what a parent is allowed or not allowed to spend a child support payment on. This is where some child support agreements get a little complicated as one party might not agree to support the child as the other sees fit.

Child Support and Maintenance

Accepting an agreement


Oftentimes it can be difficult to reach an agreement between parents when it comes to initiating and assessing terms for a child support agreement.


As a child support agreement generally involves one party submitting a payment to the other to physically provide for the child, it’s not always easy to mediate or negotiate terms without a legal professional. 


For good reason, it is also a mandatory requirement that both parties received independent legal advice prior to entering into a child support agreement.

Child Support and Maintenance 

What if we can’t come to an agreement?

Child support payments are managed by the Department of Human Services in Australia. Where no agreement is made between parents and a self-managed payment system is unable to be initiated, the Department of Human Services will assess the amount of child support payable for you.

If you are unhappy with the decision made by the Department of Human Services, there is an administrative process through the Department that allows you to seek a review of the determination made.

Minors Family Law are able to answer any other questions you may have regarding child support and reaching an agreement.

What you can expect from us

Quality legal advice without the hefty fees

We’re a smaller family law firm with the expertise of a large one meaning you receive the same quality legal advice without the hefty fees, commissions and hourly rates.

People helping people

At Minors Family Law, we’re essentially people helping people. When we commit to you as a client, we’re right by your side until your case is finalised and we achieve a result.

Professional, personalised approach

Our professionals pride themselves on working in their client’s best interests whilst evaluating and advising them with a more personal and individualistic approach.


We’ll be working with you to achieve a mutual goal providing you with full transparency and understanding every step of the way – we’ll never ask you to follow through with suggestions that you aren’t 100% comfortable with.


We like to discuss issues with our clients with an upfront and succinct approach while establishing a plan of resolution. 

High Success Rate

We boast a particularly high success rate when it comes to dispute resolution seeing clients in a much more improved position than they were prior to our services. 

Louise Longhurst
Louise Longhurst
Minors Family Law guided an elderly family member through an arduous property settlement. The team acted with professionalism, honesty and integrity throughout. They provided succinct legal advice, executed efficiently, and with calmness and kindness. We recommend unreservedly.
Neale Kant
Neale Kant
Ashleigh has been wonderful throughout a very long and arduous journey. Supported me all the way through with thoughtful and insightful advice. Very caring and extremely hard working. Highly recommend MFL to anyone.
Oscar Campos
Oscar Campos
I have the opportunity to be assisted by both Jacqueline and Ashleigh at Minors Family Law. I am really grateful for their support and services, I can tell that they care for their clients and do the best they can do to advise and come up with plans in the best interest of your kids. Going through court is not an easy process, but if you have the right people by your side it will definitely make a huge difference throughout the process. Thank you again.
Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams
I would highly recommend Minors Family Law to anybody. Jacqueline's profession yet compassionate nature helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life with a minimum of stress and expense. I can't thank her enough for amazing service.
Kathy Powell
Kathy Powell
Jacqueline was brilliant at guiding us through a very difficult and emotionally draining process. Her help, advice and knowledge of the legal and court system was fantastic. I highly recommend Minors Family Law to everyone.
claire renshaw
claire renshaw
I found Jacqueline, to be very professional, honest and proactive in my dealings with her. I would highly recommend Jacqueline to anyone looking to engage a family lawyer.
My family highly recommend Minors Family Law. The firm is our family representative. The principal lawyer, Jacqueline, is highly commendable with her professionalism, her understanding of our needs and most of all her insight for the best interest of children. This firm is insightful, understanding and work well with us. We have our peace of mind for leaving important matter with them.
Joyce Baillie
Joyce Baillie
I would highly recommend Jacqueline and Minors Family Law. Jacqueline had my best interest at heart both in terms of outcome and the challenges that could present. She provided clear and concise advice which was executed promptly and as instructed. I experienced a very calm and considered settlement process which took the stress out of an otherwise very emotionally charged situation. I am incredibly grateful that I engaged Minors Family Law.

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At Minors Family Law, we consider your goals to be ours. We are focussed on delivering compassionate legal services as dedicated professionals providing expert advice towards a better future. Schedule in your initial consultation today and let us start assisting you.

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