The child support scheme makes sure that parents who are not living with their children help pay the costs of raising their children. The child support scheme is managed by Inland Revenue.
The Child Support Act 1991 covers child maintenance arrangements for families living in New Zealand and families where 1 of the parents lives in Australia. However, you may be able to get child support under the Family Proceedings Act 1980 even if you or the other parent lives outside of New Zealand and Australia.
How the Family Court can help with child support
The Family Court can become involved if:
you’re unhappy about how much Inland Revenue is telling you or the other person to pay and Inland Revenue has already done a review