Child Support in NZ

Situations may arise where child support arrangements need to be sorted out or you do not agree with a child support assessment which has been made. We provide advice on how to deal with such situations and the various options available to you.

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Many non-custodial parents pay child support through the IRD while others enter into a private arrangement with the custodial parent. We can provide advice as to which method will work best for you. We can also, in appropriate circumstances, assist you to make an application for a departure order whereby the amount stipulated by the IRD is adjusted to better meet your circumstances or make an application to the Family Court to appeal the Commissioner's decision.

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  • How do I legally disprove paternity?

    If you are paying child support for a child who you believe is not yours then you may wish to make an application under the Status of Children Act for an order declaring that you are not the child's father.

  • I have concerns about how much child support I am paying/receiving. Who should I talk to?

    The Inland revenue Department should be your first point of contact with any questions and concerns about child support, including collection of child support and arrears. If you believe that you are paying too much child support or not receiving enough you can apply to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue for a Departure Order. The IRD website has all the information you need to make an application. If you have had an application for Departure Order declined by the Commissioner an appeal can be filed with the Family Court. We can assist with this.

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