When children are involved
If you have children under 18 years of age, you’ll need to decide who will have custody of the children and how they’ll be supported financially and emotionally during the separation and divorce, and once it is finalised.
If you and your partner can’t agree on who will have custody of your children or the amount of child support that’s to be paid, it’s important to speak to an Accredited Family Law Specialist. This is because a Court may not approve your divorce unless it believes that proper arrangements have been made for the children.
Both parents have responsibility for financially supporting their children until each of them turns 18. The parents can either agree on the amount of child support to be paid between them or the Child Support Agency can make an independent assessment.