Child support: Mind the gap

Separating parents must consider future education costs as early as possible to avoid a lacuna in the law surrounding child support, explains Carla Ditz

03 Nov 2015

Last month’s article ?(SJ 159/37) looked ?at the cost of tertiary education and funding options. To understand why tertiary education costs rarely make an appearance in final orders in the family courts nowadays, it is necessary to take a few steps back and look at the legal framework for child support up to the age of 18 (and the pitfalls thereafter).

It is common for parties to reach an agreement as to the level of provision to be made for children on family breakdown. This can cover any aspect of children’s expenses, and parents are encouraged to record ?any agreement in writing. Importantly, where parents are able to reach an agreement, they are more likely to stick to it and can instead focus their attention on p...

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