Disputed Care Arrangements
If you and the other parenting are following a parenting plan or court order CSA can make a decision that your care remain as per what is in your agreement or court order where you are taking action to enforce the arrangement.
Taking action to enforce a parenting agreement can include:
Filing a court application to enforce orders;
- Contacting Police;
- Negotiating with the other part to ensure compliance;
- Making an appointment or arranging Family Dispute Resolution (FDR);
- Seeking legal advice.
You should contact child support if there has been a unilateral change to care arrangements.
If you are successful, child support can apply the care in a court order for an interim period of up to 26 weeks following the change of care day or 52 weeks following the making of the court order, whichever is later. For a parenting plan the period is up to 14 weeks from the date the person with increased care started taking action to participate in family dispute resolution or up to 26 weeks from the change of care date.
There may be circumstances where this interim period does not apply, including where there has been a reduction of care with one parent to protect a child from abuse or family violence.