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September 1997

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This article looks at changes to the Child Support Scheme. Aspects of the child support debate have centred on what was considered to be the unfair demands for financial support from non resident parents. There are four main changes to the scheme which are as follows: all non resident parents have to contribute a minimum weekly rate; some loopholes created by manipulating taxable income in order to minimise support payments have been closed; the liability of non resident parents for the financial support of children has been reduced in cases where there are second family responsibilities and where the resident parent earns more than $29,598; and parents are encouraged, and even required, to move off the scheme where collection appears reliable.  

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