You’ll need to work out if you can pay child support if you’re separated or divorced, or if your partner is still collecting child support.
If you’re entitled to child support but you can’t pay, there are several ways to try and get it.
You can: apply for a discretionary payment (called a ‘direct payment’) that pays a fixed amount of child support, or a lump sum payment that varies depending on your income and circumstances.
You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll receive a discretionary or lump sum payments.
If you receive a lump amount, the money is usually paid into your child tax credit (CAD) account.
If your partner has paid more than you do, the amount can be deducted from your payments.
This is known as an entitlement, and it’s similar to the way you might receive a fixed child support payment.
If a lump payment is paid into the child support system, you’ll get the lump amount if you live with your partner.
The lump amount isn’t the same as a discretionary amount, so you’ll need the child’s full income to determine if you qualify for a lump.
For more information on lump payments, see: child support calculator and support calculation