I started a chat moments ago and seem to have lost it, we live in palmerston north. and the children are in johannesbirg

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Customer: i started a chat moments ago and seem to have lost it
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: we live in palmerston north. and the children are in johannesbirg South africa
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: none as yet. just trying to find our legal standing here in NZ before approaching the ex wife to let her know we will probsbly have financial issues soon
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: nah i think that it just want to know where we stand
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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ARe you worried about paying child support?

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Have you been paying this, and need to change the payments?

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we are going to get to a point where we wont be able to afford paying the South African child support and we just need to know qhere qe stand of qe dont pay the child support. what are the laws between south africa and new New Zealand
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They can enforce child support in New Zealand although they have to make an application to register the South African court orders, and you can then be heard on the issue of what you can afford

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ok so it can be enforced but it is a process. i cant afford the call sorry. only getting paid in a few weeks so thanks for the advice
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Don't worry about the phone call-it's asked by the system

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if i get this right they can ask for payment from the nz govt to enforce it but the ex eife would have to register the divorce agreement here and then it goes into NZ court
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Your ex wife will need to file an application in the Family Court to enforce the order, and you can be heard to oppose that application

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would she file it in South Africa or electronicly here in nz.
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She would need to file a paper application in New Zealand

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