Designation of the competent authorities in accordance with Article 13, paragraph 1:
In Norway, the amount of a child maintenance payment is determined by the Maintenance Payments Officer (Bidragsfogden) in the maintenance recipient's place of residence. If one of the parents is resident abroad, the foreign affairs section of the Maintenance Payments Office in Oslo (Bidragsfogden i Oslo, utenlandsavdelingen) will determine the amount of the payment. This applies until 31 September 1992. As from 1 October 1992, this task will be undertaken by the Foreign Affairs Service of the National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygdkontoret for utenlandssaker). The Governor of Oslo gives judgment in cases of appeals against decisions taken by the Maintenance Payment Officer.
The Courts give final judgment in child maintenance cases only when one of the parents requests such a judgment during divorce proceedings or proceedings concerning the custody of the child or visiting rights.
The Maintenance Payment Office can also refer the parents to the courts if the nature of the case seems to warrant it.
The courts give final judgment in cases concerning applications from the other parent for payments, but the Governor for the appropriate area can also take such decisions if both parents agree. The Ministry of Justice gives judgment in cases of appeals against decisions by Governors.
Requests for the enforcement of decisions given in other countries concerning child maintenance payments should be addressed to the foreign affairs section of the Maintenance Payments Office in Oslo (Bidragsfogden i Oslo, utenlandsavdelingen). As from 1 October 1992, such request should be addressed to the Foreign Affairs Service of the National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygdkontoret for utenlandssaker).
(See also under Authorities.)