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Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

Could someone give me guidance or advice on Swiss Child Support proceedures? I am a New Zealand Mum to a new-born son, and my ex-partner is Swiss. We separated amicably after I discovered I was pregnant. The baby was born in New Zealand and both parents are registered on the NZ Birth Certificate. The Father is not interested in custody or visitation, and he has agreed to pay some informal child support when he can afford it.

My question is - do I need to somehow "register" the birth in the eyes of a Swiss court? I don't want to ask for any child support right now, but I am conscious that I may need to ask for it in the future, and therefore I would like to complete any legal or administrative tasks now. What would I need to do to seek child support?

I would be most grateful for any advice or direction of where to go to ask the right questions. Thanks in advance!!
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

Talk to the swiss consulate general in new zealand and see if they have a procedure in place.

Whether you were married or unmarried will probably make a difference too...
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

Thank you Swisspea - why didn't I think of that?!

Much appreciated.
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

which is in Wellington btw....
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

My son's father is Swiss and we were not married. I lived in Switzerland when my son was born. While at the hospital, I was visited by two social workers because the system had notified them that I was an unmarried woman. I was requested to formalize an agreement of child support with my son's dad. This was not optional. We were called in by the offical office of child services to have them facillitate a child support plan.

Unfortunatley I cannot remember the name of this office - Kinderrechtsampt or something like that. Funny, after 17 years and 16 of them living in the US, I remember the name of the lady who we met with, Frau Wurtzberger, but I do not know the German name for the office she worked. It may be administered by each Kanton so you will need to know where the dad lives, lived or what is his Heimatort (his family orgin city). Based on these criteria, there will be someone who can help you.

All this just to point out to you that the Swiss do take parenting obligations very serious. You will have to prove paternity but you said the dad is on the birth certificate so that may not be a problem.

I would highly recommend that you formalize the citzenship of you baby too. My son is a dual citizen and therefore is supported by Swiss law. Go in and talk with someone at the embassy or counsulat. You never know how life will unfold so it an opportunity exists now, formalize it. If you wait, it will be less urgent for everyone.

A promise to pay when they can afford it is sooo iffy. But your baby is an ever present force that you will take all your efforts for many years to come. There are no ifs involved. Make sure you do all you can now to secure that the Swiss sytem will back you up with it comes time to call the daddy on the promise to pay.

I hope this may help. But, please do something. Even if you hire a lawyer, it will provide a payback within a year and then continue to pay through your child's childhood.

Be strong and try to raise a great kid!
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

Gosh - thank you Cali Girl, I hadn't even thought about the citizenship issue, and I am pleased that there is a formal process (that I should have kicked off earlier!) to register his birth with Swiss authorities. I had started to look for an English speaking lawyer in Switzerland, but I felt I was being somewhat dishonest to my ex-partner (we still get-on) but I am starting to realise that I need to follow the proper procedures for both our countires to ensure the best options for our son's future. Thank you for your advice.
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

In the german speaking side, it's called the Vormundschaften. They set the 'Unterhaltsvertrag' according to your ex partner's income and the child's age (it increases as the child get older). They also recalculate the payment every year so it fits with the cost of living. Also your ex is also obliged to pay the 'kinderzulagen' which depending on the caton he lives in can be up to 300fr.
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

You have to contact the New Zealand Child Support Agency in New Zealand!!! They will do everything for you and when it's ready, they will contact him in Switzerland via REMO child support agreement and force him to pay!

I also advise you to register the child with the swiss embassy/consulate in New Zealand. Take the birth certificate where it says the father is swiss and see from there.

Good luck!!
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Re: Swiss Father, Kiwi Mother ... Child Support Question

Agreed with all the above.

It really is important to register the birth as soon as possible with the Swiss embassy in Wellington. Write them a letter in English and enclose a photocopy of the birth certificate (They will ask for an original if necessary). If your son has dual citizenship he will find it much easier to work in Europe later.

Switzerland Embassy , New Zealand

10 Customhouse Quay
Level 12
Wellington 6140
New Zealand
Postal address:
Embassy of Switzerland
P.O. Box 25004
Wellington 6146
New Zealand
Phone:
+64-4-472-1593
+64-4-472-1594
Fax:
+64-4-499-6302
Email:
vertretung@wel.rep.admin.ch
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3 Marine Parade
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Auckland 1011
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auckland@honorarvertretung.ch
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