Please Note: You may find that you accrue late payment penalties even though you are making payments on time. The term late payment penalties is a little misleading as any debt with the Child Support Agency above $1,000 will in almost all cases accrue late payment penalties.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Holy See, The
Tanzania (excluding Zanzibar)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom (including Alderney, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Sark)
United States of America
* note Canada includes the following Provinces and Territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.
Private Arrangements are when you and your ex manage the financial support of your child/ren among yourselves. This is the situation with many divorces and separations in it's initial stages. It would be fair to say in our experience, the longevity of this arrangement would have a direct correlation with the nature of the separation.
If the Private Arrangement is no longer functioning on a satisfactory level ,the Receiving Parent can then register a case with the Department of Human Services, Child Support Agency. Please note: Whether the Paying Parent agrees to this or not is simply out of their control as the Receiving Parent can apply at anytime.
Once the Receiving Parent has registered a case with the Child Support Agency, the liability is generally calculated by either a "formula assessment" OR a "Binding/Limited Agreement". The Child Support Agency then issue out assessment letters to the Paying Parent.
This is where the liability is now enforced by the Government. Child Support Agency Collection is where the Paying Parent pays the Child Support Agency and then disburses it to the Receiving Parent.
If you are currently situated in a country which is on this list, please Contact Us so we can have your Australian Child Support Agency case terminated as it is the intention of the Parliament that the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 should be construed, to permit parents to make private arrangements for the financial support of their children.
A Afghanistan Albania Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Azerbaijan
B Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Brunei Darussalam Botswana Bulgaria Burundi
C Cabo Verde Cambodia Cameroon Yukon territory of Canada Cape Verde Chad China Comoros Cook Islands Republic of the Congo Costa Rica Cote d'Ivoire
D Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic
E Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia
G Gabon Gambia Georgia Ghana Grenada Guinea Guinea-Bissau
I Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel
J Jamaica Japan Jordan
K Kiribati Kosovo Kuwait
L Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Libya
M Madagascar Maldives Mali
N Namibia Nepal New Caledonia Nicaragua Nigeria Niue North Korea
P Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru
R Russia Rwanda
S Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Solomon Islands Somalia South Korea South Sudan
T Taiwan Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Turkmenistan Tuvalu
U Uganda United Arab Emirates (UAE) Uzbekistan
V Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam
Should you want an Agreement drawn up, please get us to do it and have free legal aid sign the legal certificates.
Must be in writing and contain:
Signatures of both parties and the and legal certificates showing the Paying Parent's signature, the Paying Parent's legal aid signature, the Receiving Parents's signature and the Receiving Parent's legal aid signature.
An annexure stating the effect that the agreement has on the parties.
The advantages and Disadvantages it has on the parties at the time of writing.
A certificate that Independent legal advice was given to each party.
After the agreement is signed, a copy is given to each part.
An administrative Assessment must already be in place.
Signatures of both parties.
A statement to the effect that the Annual rate in payable under the limited Agreement MUST be greater than an assessment as determined by the Registrar at the time.
Are you sick of receiving harassing phone calls from the Child Support Agency (CSA) and want everything in writing?
The Child Support Agency can use any verbal omissions against you, therefore, you MUST request EVERYTHING in writing and cease ALL verbal communication with them.
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