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Adult Child Maintenance

  • Parents are primarily responsible for the financial support of their children
  • This obligation extends to adult children who are completing education or have a disability
  • We can help you calculate, negotiate or apply for adult child maintenance

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Adult Child Maintainance

There is no fixed formula for deciding the appropriate level of financial support for an adult child.  This means that the Family Court can make a decision based on the needs of the individual child, that child’s capacity to earn their own income and the parents’ capacity to provide support.  If the adult child has legal capacity, they must participate in the Court case concerning adult child maintenance.

We have conducted a number of cases where children of parents are over the age of 18 and need additional financial support to complete TAFE or university and for parents of children with disabilities who are likely to need lifetime support. Our experience tells us that every family’s financial circumstances and goals for their children are different. For some families, maintenance represents a young adult having the chance to pursue opportunities they would not otherwise be able to pursue. In all adult child maintenance cases we have conducted, the relationships between the parents and the adult children are deeply affected by the way the parties conduct themselves.

We recognise that where parents of adult children are separated or divorced, there may have been acrimony or no communication between the parents and their extended families for many years.  Our approach to adult child maintenance is to work with the parents and adult children (and extended family if they are involved) to:

  • identify their common goals and expectations for the adult child's life and communicate those respectfully to one another
  • prepare budgets (sometimes with the help of financial planners) to identify the commitments and needs of the adult child and the parents
  • generate options to meet the needs we identify

We are experienced in helping clients identify opportunities within their existing business structures to manage the financial support of adult children.

When the family reaches an agreement, we can document it formally in an application for consent orders (made administratively by the Family Court) or financial agreement in conjunction with any necessary commercial agreement.