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The first steps have been taken towards reforming the way child support payments are calculated and made.
MPs voted 106 to 15 last night in support of the first reading of legislation that amends current child support laws.
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says the law change will introduce new calculations for child support that better reflect changing social and employment patterns.
"The changes in this bill provide for a fairer and more transparent assessment calculation for child support payments that takes a wider range of individual circumstances and capacities to pay into account."
The Bill also changes penalty and debt rules for child support.
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