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Experience:  37 years qualified as a lawyer; LLB, MMgt and FAMINZ.
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Is there a statute of limitations on child support owed eg;

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is there a statute of limitations on child support owed eg; 1990 to 2010 old debt
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
child support 1990 -2000 statute limitations
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
my wife left NZ IN 1990 and moved to RSA Republic of South Africa.... where she has no income then moved to Botswana in 1998 as my dependant (spouse} She has not been permitted a work permit or bank account as they are very strict here on non citizens working illegally . I can furnish proof of this, can the IRD still demand payment from her when she has no income?
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 1 year ago.
The Child Support Act says that the Limitation Act does not apply. If she was not earring any money then then she needs to negotiate with Inland Revenue with proof of the no income and she is likely to only be liable for the minimum payment. But it is hard to avoid the minimum and she would need to make a case for a write off. However unless she is intending to return to New Zealand they are unlikely to chase her for the money

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