Parenting Plans and Binding Child Support Agreements
A Parenting Plan is an agreement that deals with matters regarding a child, such as:
A Binding Child Support Agreement (BCSA) is a written agreement between parents about child support payments, after each parent has received legal advice. It is important to note that without a BCSA, lawyers are generally not involved in determining child support. This is done through the Australian Government’s Services Australia (formerly the ‘Child Support Agency‘).
The simplest and most cost-effective way of resolving both parenting and property matters is for two or more parties to enter into Consent Orders. This is done by way of an Application for Consent Orders and an accompanying Minute of Consent Orders, through which you apply to the Court for orders that effect your agreed settlement arrangements. These Consent Orders would be officially approved once the Court has placed its Court seal on them. Advantages of entering into Consent Orders include the flexibility of engaging one lawyer (rather than engaging two, as required by BFAs, for providing independent legal advice to each party), and having peace of mind knowing that your settlement arrangements cannot be easily overturned once the Court has given its seal of approval.
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