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1.1.N.30 Non-custodial parent, liable parent

Definition

Before the Family Law Reform changes in 1996, a non-custodial parent, also known as a liable parent, was a parent who had to pay child support to the custodian (1.1.C.60) of a child. The parent had to be the child's natural or adoptive parent. The term non-resident parent was also used to describe such a person prior to 1 July 2008.

The appropriate term is now 'payer' (1.1.P.72).

Policy reference: FA Guide 3.1.5 Maintenance action test for FTB Part A, 3.1.6 Child support assessments & agreements, 3.1.7 Maintenance income test

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