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How to pay your child support

When you first become liable for child support you'll receive a notice telling you how much to pay. You'll have 30 days from the date the notice is issued to make your first payment. After this, you'll need to pay by the 20th of each month.

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Your payment will go to the current month. If you pay any extra it will go to any debt you may have.


Abe's assessment is set at $150 per month. His payments are due by the 20th of each month for the previous period.

He made a payment of $150 on 20 July and this payment went to his June assessment.

Deductions from your employment income

Liable parents can voluntarily have their child support payments deducted from their employment income. 

This option is for liable parents who aren't in debt and:

  • earn PAYE
  • receive ACC
  • earn withholding income
  • receive a student allowance.

You'll need to talk to us first. We'll work out your payments and let your employer know the right amount to deduct and when.

If a liable parent doesn't pay their child support, we'll still be able to make compulsory deductions from any available income source.

Deductions from your Work and Income benefit

If you receive a benefit from Work and Income, we'll ask them to automatically deduct your child support payments before your benefit is paid into your bank account.

If you've been granted a Work and Income benefit, you must contact us to set up automatic deductions. If you don't contact us and there is a delay in setting up your deductions, you may end up with a debt.