The Child Support Assessment Act allows the Registrar to change a child support assessment if the assessment of child support results in an unjust and inequitable level of financial support being paid. Child support lawyers can challenge a child support assessment on limited and specified grounds which can include:
- The circumstances of either parent’s income, property or financial resources
- The earning capacity of either parent
- The costs of contact for either parent
- The expenses of the child or children including in some circumstances their education expenses
Some of these grounds are considered below.
1. Income, Property and Financial Resources
A common issue concerning the income, property and financial resources of a parent is when the income of one parent is significantly higher or lower than the amount recorded in the actual assessment.
There can be all sorts of reasons why the tax return and or notice of assessment does not reflect the actual income of the parent.