When does liability to pay child support stop?

The Federal Magistrates’ Court recently overturned a decision of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (“the SSAT”) which found that the father of a 17 year old child was liable to continue to pay the mother child support pursuant to an administrative assessment. This was in spite of the child undertaking a full time apprenticeship and work moving out of his mother’s home to board with third parties. The Child Support Registrar had found that the mother was still providing care for the child and so refused to amend the Child Support assessment.

Federal Magistrates’ Hughes found that there was an error of law in the approach of the SSAT. He found that there had objectively been a major change in the care arrangement for the child and the SSAT had not considered whether the move by the child represented a terminating a event or at least a significant reduction in the level of care provided by the mother. The result was that the proceedings were remitted back to the SSAT for rehearing.

Rowan Skinner

About Rowan Skinner

Rowan Skinner is a highly skilled family lawyer with over 35 years of experience across various legal roles and jurisdictions. Rowan specialises in resolving family law disputes such as divorce, financial settlements, child custody and domestic violence cases. Through his diverse and extensive experience, Rowan has a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances involved in family law. Rowan is a skilled negotiator and litigator who follows a compassionate and client-focused approach which prioritises helping you navigate what can be an emotional and challenging time.