Adult Child Maintenance
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.