Apply for a Family Court review of child support

It’s free to:

However, if the judge appoints a lawyer to represent the children or to help the court in the case you and the other people involved in your case may be ordered to pay some of the lawyer’s costs through a Cost Contribution Order.

Find out more about Cost Contribution Orders

You need to file an appeal within 2 months of the decision, but you can apply for a Departure Order at any time after the decision.

You may want to get legal advice. If you can’t afford a lawyer you may be able to get:

Apply for a Departure Order

If you need help to fill in the forms you can:

Find out more about affidavits and statutory declarations

  1. Fill in these 2 forms:
    Application for departure from formula assessment in special circumstances – CS13 [PDF, 83 KB]
    Affidavit of financial means and their sources – CS28 [PDF, 280 KB]
  2. File your application. If Inland Revenue is the other party, you need to file your application in the court closest to where you live.
    Find out more about how to file documents

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Apply for an appeal

If you need help to fill in the forms you can:

Find out more about affidavits and statutory declarations

  1. Fill in 1 of these forms. Choose the one that fits your situation:
    Notice of appeal against Commissioner's decision to accept application for formula assessment of child support – CS5 [PDF, 132 KB]
    Notice of appeal against Commissioner's decision to refuse to accept application for formula assessment of child support – CS7 [PDF, 111 KB]
    Notice of appeal against other administrative decisions of Commissioner – CS9 [PDF, 89 KB]
    Notice of appeal against assessment – CS11 [PDF, 55 KB]
    Notice of appeal against Commissioner's determination or decision under subpart 3 of Part 5A of Act – CS12A [PDF, 355 KB]
    Notice of appeal by respondent against Commissioner's determination under Part 6A of Act – CS12C [PDF, 34 KB]
    Notice of appeal against Commissioner's determination under Part 6B of Act – CS12E [PDF, 34 KB]
  2. You’ll also need to fill in this form:
    General affidavit [PDF, 38 KB] – if you have used forms CS5, CS7, CS9 or CS11, your affidavit must include a copy of your notice of objection to Inland Revenue and a copy of Inland Revenue’s notice of disallowance.
  3. File your application. If Inland Revenue is the other party, you need to file your application in the court closest to where you live.
    Find out more about how to file documents

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