How Much Child Support Will I be Able to Get?

If your children spend most of their time with you, you are likely to be entitled to child support payments. The amount of child support payable varies according to your specific circumstances and is decided upon and monitored by the Child Support Agency.

Who decides how much gets paid?

The amount of child support is worked out based on things such as the income of both parties, the cost of the care of the children and the percentage of time the child spends with you.

How can I work out what child support I’m entitled to?

There is an online child support calculator provided by the Child Support Agency which can help you estimate both your child support and family assistance payments. This is an estimation only though, as the calculation is quite complex and tailored to your situation.


What if I am unhappy with a decision made by the Child Support Agency (CSA)?

There are procedures available to challenge a decision made by the CSA. Depending on the nature of the decision there may be an internal review process or a right to apply for a review of the CSA’s decision. In some circumstances a person dissatisfied with a decision of the CSA can apply to a court. Your lawyer can advise you as to the appropriate action in your case. 

You might also benefit from reading the Parent’s Guide to Child Support.