When Does Child Support Stop?
When does Child Support stop?
The Child Support Act sets out the few events that will terminate a Child Support assessment, some of them include:
- If the CSA has accepted a Child Support agreement where both parents have agreed that payments should cease on a specified date; or
- If the parents have reconciled for 6 months or more.
If there is an international arrangement in place, where the ‘contact’ parent lives in another country and pays Child Support, the requirement to make payments may cease if:
- the parent making the payments is a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction and then ceased to be a resident of Australia or that reciprocating jurisdiction;
- the reciprocating jurisdiction in which the parent making payments resides in becomes an excluded jurisdiction; or
- the parent receiving the payments was a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction and they cease to be a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction, or of Australia.
There are many reciprocating jurisdictions, including the UK, USA, Spain, Hong Kong, Germany and Ireland. If the child is an Australian citizen, present in Australia or ordinarily resides in Australia, the requirement to pay Child Support will not be terminated if the carer ceases to be a resident of Australia or a reciprocating jurisdiction.