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This Child Support Demand Letter can be used by a parent or guardian who has been granted child support, or another form of financial aid for the upkeep of a child or children. This letter serves to remind the party who is obligated to pay the support about their legal obligations. This document refers to the relevant court order or child support agreement and acts as a written proof that a reminder has been issued. By putting the demand for overdue child support in writing, the claimant can document the request for potential future legal disputes or litigation.
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This document contains all the necessary information to demand child support or other child-related financial aid that is due, including the names and contact information of both parties, the title and, if applicable, the case number of the court order obligating one party to pay support, the amount of support that is to be paid and its frequency, and the outstanding amount of support at the time the letter is to be sent.
This letter also outlines the type of support that should be paid. Child support is a cash payment that is usually granted by a court order and is based on the income of the person paying support. A court may also order, or the parties may agree to, other types of support including payments towards specific child-related expenses, such as health insurance premiums, extra-curricular activities, or private school fees.
Once this document is completed, it should be signed and sent via registered mail to create an official record of when the demand was sent and when it was received by the recipient.
Make note of the new due date for payment. If payment is not received by that date, then it may be necessary to commence legal action.
Child support is subject to both state and federal laws in Australia. The main law that deals with children's issues, including child support, is the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). It emphasises the responsibility of both parents to provide for their children. The Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) and Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 (Cth) further establish the specifics of child support.
Child support matters in Australia are generally managed by the Department of Human Services through the Child Support Scheme, which assesses, collects, and transfers child support payments between parents.
In determining matters related to children, such as child custody, visitation, and support, a Court must approve any arrangement using the "best interests of the child" standard. Generally, if both parents come to an agreement regarding these matters, a Court will be willing to include the agreement in the official legal documents. However, a Court may require an adjustment of the agreement if it is determined that the arrangement is not in the best interests of the children involved.
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