4 Comments Family & de facto law, financial agreements, consent orders
Good luck.I went for child support when my child was 5or6months old and could only get it from when I applied for it no back money.that was only in the last 4 years.I cant see how they can hit you up for that amount of money I thought child support stopped when child turned 18 yrs anyway.I am sure a good soli will be able to help or answer on here.
I found these sites for you to look at and hope they help. Who are you supposed to pay the money too, the Ex wife or the kids? Sounds strange to me, how come they have just Contacted you after all this time?
Get one of those ph cards (could be talking awhile) as there cheaper than using yr home ph, give IRD a call or ring Citizens advice.
To qualify for child support, the child must be:
- under 19 years of age
- a New Zealand citizen or "ordinary resident" in New Zealand
- not married or in a de facto relationship
- financially dependent, that is, not working more than 30 hours a week on average, or receiving a benefit or student allowance.
The paying parent must pay until their child turns 19. It will stop before this if the child starts:
- living with them full time
- work full time (30 hours a week or more)
- receiving a benefit or student allowance
- living in a de facto relationship or marries.
Child support enquiries Calling within New Zealand 0800 221 221 Calling hours:
8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Calling from overseas +64 9 984 2536 Calling from cellphone 0800 221 221
Hi there, Thank you so much for your helpful replies to our predicament. The money they say we supposedly owe is to go to the internal revenue department in N.Z. We don't know why they have done this after all this time, but what I've gathered from the internet is the govt. over there are chasing men that have taken off to australia to avoid child support payments in n.z. That isn't the case here though, we've never ran away. They've (ird) got a huge outstanding debt and are cracking down to recoup their money. They are also classing it as a tax debt! Apparently australia and n.z. have had a reciprical agreement in place since 2000. Well, hopefully after tomorrows meeting with a different solicitor we will know more about where we stand, but I don't hold high hopes of it being in our favour. I will keep you posted, also it might help other people in a similar situation to us know what their options are. Thanks Heaps!
Hi there again, well the solicitor yesterday wasn't much help either and we have to pay her $500 to look into our case to see if we can reduce this payment and/or make installment payments. When you get to our age (nearly 50)I think it's pretty cruel, why didn't they contact us earlier instead of wrecking our lives? We are going to be working hard for a lot more years with no holiday probably for at least another 10 yrs.
Such is life. Bye!