Are you caring for a child that is not your own?

Caring for a child that is not yours, may entitle you to financial assistance.

If you are caring for a child and you are not the child’s biological parent, you can apply for child support from one (or both) of the child’s parents.

You must make an application to the Department of Human Services and your application will be subjected to a Child Support Assessment. Some examples of non-parent child carers include extended family members of the child, such as grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles and/or individuals who have been entrusted by the child’s parents (like close family friends) or the Court to care for that child such as legal guardians.

The Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989assess the percentage of care and the type of care that is likely to be provided by the party.  Any changes to circumstances of care, can also affect the Child Support arrangement and the Child Support Agency must be notified.

If you would like to find out more about how you can apply as a non-parent for financial support, read more in our article here.

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