Child Support Amendment Bill

  • enacted

Hon Peter Dunne

Child Support Amendment Bill

Government Bill


As reported from the committee of the whole House



1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Principal Act amended

Part 1
Formula assessment of child support

4 Long Title repealed

5 Interpretation

5A New section 3A inserted

6 Objects

7 New section 4A inserted

Amendments to Part 1 (liability to pay)

8 Children who qualify for child support

9 New headings and sections 7B to 19 substituted

10 New section 25 substituted

Amendments to Part 2 (assessment of amounts)

11 New headings and sections 28A to 36D substituted

11A New heading and sections 40AA to 45 substituted

Amendments to Part 5 (procedures)

13 Minimum rate of child support or domestic maintenance

14 New section 82 substituted

14A Commissioner to give effect to changed circumstances

15 New sections 88 to 89 substituted

Amendment to Part 5A (exemptions)

15A Exemption for long-term hospital patients

15B Exemption for long-term prisoners

Amendments to Part 6 (objections)

16 Objections to appealable decisions

17 Objections to assessments

18 Requirements in relation to objections

Amendment to Part 6B (Commissioner-initiated administrative reviews)

19 Commissioner may make determination under this Part

Amendments to Part 7 (appeals and departure orders)

20 Sections 100 and 101 repealed

20A Matters as to which court must be satisfied before making order

21 Orders that may be made

Amendments to Part 8 (collection of financial support)

21AA Discretionary relief if debt uplifted

21A Amounts payable per month and per day

Amendment to Part 9 (payment)

22 New section 152B inserted

Amendment to Part 11 (enforcement provisions)

22A New section 179A inserted

Amendments to Part 14 (general provisions)

22B Rounding of amounts

22B Section 237 substituted

22C New section 237A inserted

Amendment to Part 16 (transitional and savings provisions)

22D New section 276 added

New schedules inserted

22E New Schedule 1AA inserted

23 New Schedules 1 and 2 inserted

Consequential amendments

24 Consequential amendments to principal Act

25 Consequential amendment to Adoption Act 1955

25A Consequential amendment to Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

Part 2
Departures from formula assessment, collection, penalties, and relief

Amendments to Part 7 (grounds for departure from formula assessment)

26 Matters as to which court must be satisfied before making order

Amendments to Part 8 (automatic deduction)

27 New heading and sections 129 to 131B substituted

Amendments to Part 8 (penalties)

28 New sections 134 to 134B substituted

Amendments to Part 8 (relief from penalties)

29 Interpretation for purposes of sections 135A to 135O

Amendment to Part 8 (payment agreements)

30 New heading and section 135AA inserted

Amendments to Part 8 (discretionary relief from penalties)

31 Application of sections 135B to 135G

32 New section 135FA inserted

33 Discretionary relief for residual incremental penalty debt

34 New section 135GA inserted

Amendment to Part 8 (mandatory relief from initial late payment penalties)

35 New sections 135GB and 135H inserted

Amendments to Part 8 (mandatory relief from incremental penalties)

36 Relief from incremental penalties unpaid before agreement entered into

37 Relief from incremental penalties in relation to arrangements entered into or made before commencement

38 Relief from ongoing incremental penalties if payment agreement in force

39 Relief from ongoing incremental penalties if deduction notice in force

Amendments to Part 9 (payment)

40 Method in which payments to be made

40A Overpayments to payees

40B New section 151AA inserted

40C Section 151A repealed

40D Relief in cases of serious hardship

40E Relief in case of exemption granted to liable person

40F New section 152B inserted

Amendment to Part 10 (automatic deductions)

41 Deduction notice

Amendments to Part 11 (discretion to write off certain child support debt and recognition of qualifying payments for child's direct benefit)

41A Payee may uplift financial support debt

42 New sections 180A to 180C inserted

43 Direct payment to payee

Amendment to Part 16 (transitional and savings provisions)

43A New section 276 substituted

Amendments to Schedule 1AA

44 Schedule 1AA amended

Schedule 1A
New Schedule 1AA inserted

Schedule 1
New Schedules 1 and 2 inserted

Schedule 2
Consequential amendments to principal Act

Legislative history

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: