If you wish to apply for child support, you must fill in and send an application form to the Agency of Family Law (Familieretshuset).
In some situations, the Agency of Family Law will forward your application to the family court, who will make the decision.
If the Agency of Family Law or the family court decide that you are entitled to support from the other parent, you will receive a support decision. The support decision is your proof that you are entitled to the support or that you must pay it.
You can receive child support if you live with your child, but not with the other parent. You can also receive support if you provide for the child in some other way. It is the other parent who must pay the support to you. The general rule is that, as parents, you enter into an agreement concerning the support.
Get a quick overview of child support in the following guidance:
If you establish a private agreement
If you, as parents, establish your own child support agreement, you should draw up the agreement in writing. On the Agency of Family Law's website, you will find a form which you can use to prepare your own support agreement. Your written agreement will be just as binding as a support agreement from the Agency of Family Law.
If you agree that the support should be determined
If you agree on the date of determination of the child support and the amount of support payable, you can apply to the Agency of Family Law to have the support fixed in accordance with your agreement.
The Agency of Family Law will not consider the case. Instead, we recommend that you read about what information is decisive when the Agency of Family Law determines child support.
If you share expenses
Child support will not normally be determined if you have a sharing arrangement and also share expenses relating to provision for the child between the two of you.
If you are unable to agree on the support, you can ask the Agency of Family Law to reach a decision concerning the support.
Please note that child support is not the same as child benefit or family allowance, which are benefits distributed by the government.