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.


Noah Eidelson


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

Services Australia – Child Support
Tel (child support enquiry line): 131 272

Victoria Legal Aid – Child Support Legal Service
Tel: 1300 792 387

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, you can complete the online form at

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