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Hi there currently my partner lives in NZ and pays child support for his first child here. She is about to move to Germany with her mother for good. What now happens to child support payments - do we pay under NZ or can Germany inforce us to pay an amount in Euros based on their assessment?

Thanks for your help

Dear Mrs. Saunde,

According to international law the German law will apply for the calculation of child support when the child lives permanently in Germany. But the German authorities will not step in unless the mother will go to the Youth Department or she would need to hire a German lawyer to file a claim to change the child support amount at the local German court.

Otherwise your partner can continue to pay according to the court decision from NZ. If there is no court ruling about the child support amount it might be in your partner's favor to start to pay the amount he is obligated to pay according to German law.

He can contact me directly at if he wants to set up a telephone consultation.    

Carolin Schulz-Burgess
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Carolin Schulz-Burgess


German legal issues on inheritance, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, last wills and testaments, and other problems involving international family and civil law.


I am a certified German laywer with professional experience in both German and American law firms. Since 2001 I have been working independently at my firm, German Legal Services. I have represented hundreds of clients on matters involving US-German legal issues. One of my firm's areas of specialization is in divorce and child support and custody issues between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and German civilians.

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I received my undergraduate and JD degrees both from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, whose law school is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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