Taking action to obtain child support

Centrelink may have advised you that your benefits will be reduced unless you take reasonable action to obtain child support from the father of your child. You have been referred to the Child Support Service of Legal Aid NSW for help with this action.

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Taking action to question Paternity

What if you don’t think you are the father of the child ?

The Child Support Agency (CSA) must be satisfied that you are the father of the child before it can make a child support assessment.

The CSA cannot be satisfied that you are the father unless at least one of the following applies:

• your name is on the birth certificate
• you have sworn a statutory declaration that you are the father of the child
• you were married to the mother at the time the child was born
• a court has made an order that you are the father of the child
• you were living together at any time from 44 weeks to 20 weeks before the birth of the child
• you have adopted the child

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