Child maintenace of support
Child maintenance or support: how much?
The law provides whether a person is obligated to support another person. The obligation of parents or stepparents to support their minor and young adult children or stepchildren is independent of the question whether there is any need. The Alimentatienormen [Maintenance standards] working group provides concrete guidelines with regard to the costs related to minor children. To determine the need for a contribution to the costs of care and upbringing of children, a system has been developed – together with the Dutch National Institute for Family Finance Information (Nibud) – based on Central Bureau of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) figures and included in a report titled “de kosten van kinderen ten behoeve van vaststelling kinderalimentatie” [the costs of children for the purpose of the determination of child maintenance]. This system resulted in a table called “eigen bijdrage kosten van kinderen [“parental contribution costs of children”]. Based on the age of the children belonging to the family and the net disposable family income at the time of the actual separation of the parents, the table will show the costs of minor children not covered by child benefit. The child related budget parent is entitled to in the period of time for which the need for child maintenance or alimony is calculated, must be deducted from the amount stated in the table.
What does it mean, the change of the standards per 1 April 2013?
Since 1 April 2013, the determination of need and the calculation of the parents’ financial capacity to contribute to the costs of the children, is being carried out according to a new system. The new system may result in having to pay more or less child maintenance than under the old system.
Will the amount of child support change automatically after 1 April 2013?
Child support will not be changed automatically after 1 April 2013. Child support will change after the parents have in joint consultation agreed to a different amount or if the court changes it at the request of a parent.
What are the legal standards?
The legal standards for the determination of the amount of child support to be paid are the needs of the person entitled to support and the financial capacity of the person who has a duty to provide financial support.
How can I increase/reduce child support?
If the parents fail to agree on a different amount of maintenance, the court may change it at the request of a parent if there is a change of circumstances. A court decision on child support may also be changed if the decision did not meet the legal standards to begin with because the court’s decision was based on incorrect or incomplete information. A maintenance agreement made between the parents may also be changed if the agreement was made with a gross failure to recognise the legal standards.