with non-agency payments a parent can directly pay child support to the other parent or third party
A parent can make arrangements for payment of child support through non-agency payments (NAP). With NAP a parent can directly pay to the other parent or to a third party for the benefit of the child. The paying parent must keep proof of such payment and duly inform the Child Support Agency (CSA) about it, otherwise the payment may not be taken into account.
If both parents agree that the payment was meant as child support, the CSA will credit in favour of the paying parent the amount of the NAP towards child support. If both parents do not agree that the payment was meant for child support, the CSA can only credit the amount if it falls under a special type of NAP specified in regulation 5D of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Regulations 1988 which is known as prescribed payment and at the time the payment was made the paying parent has less than 14% care of the children. Special payments under Regulation 5D are the following:
Specified payments in regulation 5D are:
- childcare costs;
- pre-school or school fees;
- uniforms and school books;
- medical and dental services;
- rent or security bond for the payee's home;
- utilities (for example gas, phone, electricity), rates or owners corporation charges for the payee's home;
- home loan on payee's home; and
- purchase, running or repair costs of payee's motor vehicle.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.