Child support is money paid to the primary caregiver by non-custodial parent/s. Child support exists to ensure that parents take financial responsibility for their children when marriages and relationships end. Inland Revenue administers the child support scheme, which is designed to collect money from parents not living with their children to help financially support them when:
How Does Child Support Work?
The person caring for the child receives the child support money. This person can be someone other than parents - such as grandparents or a member of the whanau. In these cases both parents may pay child support.
Child support can be arranged in two ways:
Applying for Child Support Through Inland Revenue
The first step in applying for Child Support is to complete a Child support formula assessment application (IR101) and send it to your nearest Inland Revenue Child Support office. If you are already receiving a Work and Income NZ benefit, you must apply for child support or your benefit may be reduced.
For more information please see http://www.ird.govt.nz/childsupport/.