Where Variation of Child Maintenance Order Reasonable

Case of Wentworth v Wentworth [2013] FCCA 2043 (11 December 2013)

As a result of the father making tentative arrangements to offer his twin children casual full-time employment, Judge Monahan in this case varied the adult child maintenance paid to enable the children under section 66L of the Family Law Act 1975 to finish their tertiary education. The amount was reduced from $1,250 per month to $1,000 per month.

According to Judge Monahan: “the Court is of the view that the twins’ decision not to actively seek any casual or part-time employment prior to the conclusion of their university studies amounts to a changed circumstance that may justify a variation to the current orders …”

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