01 AUG 2017

Government updates child maintenance application fee guidance

Government updates child maintenance application fee guidance
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has updated its guidance which sets out how it will decide if a victim of domestic violence or abuse is exempt from the Child Maintenance Service application fee. The guidance now states that witnessing child abuse is also a form of domestic violence being suffered. Article continues below...
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Since June 2014, there has been a £20 fee to apply to the 2012 scheme run by the Child Maintenance Service. However, victims of domestic violence or abuse do not have to pay this fee.

This guidance explains:

  • how DWP decides whether a person is a victim of domestic violence or abuse;
  • who the person applying for maintenance must have reported the violence or abuse to.
This definition of a victim of domestic violence will now also include an applicant who has witnessed the abuse of their child by a current or previous partner, or by a member of their own or the partner's family.
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