Child Support Rules 1992

Reprint as at 7 August 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Child Support Rules 1992

(SR 1992/58)

Catherine A Tizard, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 23rd day of March 1992

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These rules are administered by the Ministry of Justice.

Pursuant to section 234 of the Child Support Act 1991, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following rules.


1Title and commencement
2Application of rules
5Procedure and practice
6Non-compliance with rules
12Form of applications
13Affidavit to accompany certain applications
14Information sheet to accompany applications
15Applications on notice
16Ex parte applications
17Procedure on ex parte applications
18Filing of applications
19Declaration of financial means
20Previous documents
21Proceedings commenced in wrong court
22Notice of defence
23Affidavit to accompany notice of defence
23ANon-compliance with rules 22 and 23
24Interlocutory applications
25Setting down for hearing
26Transfer of proceedings
27Transfer of hearing
28Transfer with or without application
29Procedure on transfer
30Documents to be served
31How documents to be served
32Who may carry out personal service
33Personal service
34Service on lawyer accepting service on behalf of person
35Address for service
36Service at address for service
37Methods of service if address for service is lawyer’s office
37AWhen and how documents under rule 37 to be treated as served
37BLawyer must acknowledge document transmitted electronically
37COrder dispensing with or changing service required
37DProof of personal service
37EProof of substituted service
37FAttaching copy of document to affidavit of service or certificate of service
37GService of orders
38Further particulars
39Discovery of documents
40Amendment before service
41Amending proceedings
42Amendment of application or notice of defence
43Clerical mistakes and slips
44Procedure on intervention
45Joinder of party
46General procedure
47Enlargement or abridgment of time
48Power of Judge to call conference [Revoked]
49Orders and directions [Revoked]
50Non-compliance with order [Revoked]
51Order for production of documents
52Powers of Judge or Registrar not suspended by examination of witnesses out of court
53Taking evidence outside New Zealand
54Court and chambers
55Order of priority of warrants to seize property
56Powers of Registrar
57Procedure on arrest of respondent other than in respect of offence
58Bond by receiver
59Witness entitled to expenses
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