The regulations are intended to encourage active care by both parents and both parents must contribute to the support of the child as far as their financial circumstances allow.
Main points in the regulations
Why leave the setting of support to the public sector?
The regulations governing the setting (of maintenance) by the public sector can also provide guidance if you enter a private agreement. The starting point is that the support of children is a private matter and that consequently, it is unnecessary to bring in the public sector if you, as parents, can reach an agreement with which you are both satisfied. Private agreements also give parents the opportunity to agree maintenance that is better suited to the individual family’s situation than official regulation can possibly provide. If the mother or father wants NAV to fix or amend the child support, both will have to pay a fee to the state (currently NOK 860). If you decide to enter a private agreement, you avoid paying this fee. Even if you have entered a private agreement, either of you can request the collection centre of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service to collect and pass on the maintenance support. This attracts no fee.