All parents in Australia have an obligation to help financially support their child or children. Parents can come to a mutual agreement about what types of support they consider is best for their child and have that agreement drafted into a Child Support Agreement. Issues sometimes canvassed in these Agreements include school fees, after school activities, and weekly living expenses.
More commonly parents choose to have their child support obligations and or entitlements assessed by the Child Support Agency. The formula applied by the Agency is influenced by the amount of time the children spend with each of their parents, the age of the children and the respective earning capacity of each parent.