Non-CSA Child Support Agreements
Most parents don’t need to go through the CSA to reach an agreement on child support. Instead they work out their own child support agreement which is then registered with the CSA. Once the agreement is registered, the CSA can collect any money that is owed by a parent. Some parents also choose not to register their agreement and they manage it themselves.
If the parents agree to a child support agreement after a child support assessment has been made, the later agreement will apply.
There are two types of child support agreement:
- A limited child support agreement is only valid for three years. It must be reviewed during that three years. Once the three years is over, the parents can then decide whether they want to enter into a new child support agreement.
- A binding child support agreement is legally binding but may go outside the guidelines set out in the legislation. Both parents must have their own legal representation who certify that they gave their clients advice before they entered into the agreement. This advice should include an explanation of the benefits and the drawbacks of entering into a binding child support agreement. This agreement can only end if another child support agreement is created or if the agreement is found to have been made unethically (such as by deception, force or lack of disclosure).
Child support agreements must be reviewed regularly. This usually happens at the end of the tax year or at a time that is agreed in the actual agreement.