Can we do a private Child Support Agreement?
You can agree between yourselves about what is going to be paid and received as child support. Some couples agree on an amount to be paid and other couples maintain a joint account for child related expenses, where they each contribute to that account and those expenses. However, this is an informal agreement and won’t be legally binding.
Also, Centrelink will make their calculations as if the amount on the Assessment is being paid and received. This means, that for some families, even if they want to, they cannot afford to come to a private arrangement.
A private Child Support Agreement is something that you should always get detailed and specific legal advice about. The implications can be significant for both the parent who pays child support and the person who receives child support.