Friday, May 25, 2012

Child Support For Child Over 18 years

There are two ways a person can get financial support for a child over 18.
If a child turns 18 while they are in full-time secondary education and there is a Child support assessment in place, you can apply to the Child Support Agency (CSA) to extend the assessment. An extension will continue until the last day of that school year.    
The application to the CSA must be made before the child turns 18, unless there are exceptional circumstances:
Child Support ACT Section 151B: Application for assessment/agreement to continue beyond child's 18th birthday
(1) If a child turns 18 during a year in which the child is in full-time secondary education, a carer entitled to child support for the child may apply for an administrative assessment, or a child support agreement, in relation to the child to continue in force until the last day of the secondary school year in which the child turns 18.
(For the definitions of full-time secondary education , last day and secondary school, see section 5.
(1A) If a relevant dependent child of a parent turns 18 during a year in which the child is in full-time secondary education, the parent may apply for the relevant dependent child to be taken into account in any relevant  administrative assessment until the last day of the secondary school year in which the child turns 18.  
(2) The application must be:
(a) made to the Registrar in the manner specified by the Registrar; and
(b) in the case of an application under subsection (1) for a child support agreement to continue in force--signed by both the carer entitled to child support for the child and the liable parent in relation to the child.  
Note that Section 150A provides for the Registrar to specify the manner in which an application may be made.)

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