The paramount consideration of the court continues to be the best interests of the child. Parental issues dealt with by the court include shared parental responsibility, violence, status quo, wishes of the child, parentage testing, adoption, taking a child overseas and supervision orders.

Contributors

Noah Eidelson

Barrister

Kamalini Jayasena

Deputy Managing Lawyer, Child Support Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid

Parental responsibilities and child support: Contacts

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
Social Services and Child Support Division:
Level 4, 15 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 1800 228 333
Web: www.aat.gov.au/apply-for-a-review/child-support/child-support-overview

Services Australia – Child Support
(Previously called the Australian Government Department of Human Services)
Tel (child support enquiry line): 131 272
Web: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/child-support

Victoria Legal Aid – Child Support Legal Service
Tel: 9269 0408; 1300 792 387
Web: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/child-support

Legal advice about maintenance or child support issues is available through Victoria Legal Aid’s (VLA) Child Support Legal Service.

    To help VLA assess which child support service you need, complete the online form at www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/child-support/get-help/enquire-about-child-support-appointment#request-child-support-appointment.

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