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1.1.V.13 Voluntary child support

Definition

Voluntary child support is child support (1.1.C.20) that is paid by a person who does not have a child support liability (1.1.C.21). Any child support paid during the 13 week period of grace to take maintenance action is counted as maintenance income as part of the maintenance income test.

Example: Craig and Fiona have separated. Fiona has care of their 2 children. Craig agrees to pay Fiona $200 per fortnight as voluntary child support until his liability is assessed by Child Support. In the absence of an assessed liability, the full amount Craig pays is assessed under the maintenance income test. Once his liability has been assessed by Child Support, Craig is required to pay the amount as assessed by Child Support.

Policy reference: FA Guide 3.1.5 Maintenance action test for FTB Part A, 3.1.5.30 Taking reasonable maintenance action, 3.1.6 Child support assessments & agreements, 3.1.7 Maintenance income test

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