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The Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1995


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Reviews on change of circumstances

6.—(1) Article 19 of the Order of 1991 (reviews on change of circumstances) shall be amended as follows.

(2) After paragraph (2) there shall be inserted—

(2A) The Department shall refer to a child support officer any application under this Article which is duly made.

(3) In paragraph (3)—

(a)after “paragraph (6)” there shall be inserted “, or by virtue of paragraph (7),”; and

(b)for “the review applied for” there shall be substituted “a review”.

(4) After paragraph (4) there shall be inserted—

(4A) Where a child support officer is conducting a review under this Article, and the original assessment has ceased to have effect, he may continue the review as if the application for a review related to the original assessment and any subsequent assessment.

(5) For paragraph (5) there shall be substituted—

(5) In conducting a review under this Article, the child support officer shall take into account a change of circumstance only if—

(a)he has been notified of it in such manner, and by such person, as may be prescribed; or

(b)it is one which he knows has taken place.

(6) In paragraph (6)—

(a)for “any review” there shall be substituted “a review of the original assessment”; and

(b)after “maintenance assessment” there shall be inserted “by reference to the circumstances of the case as at the date of the application under this Article”.

(7) After paragraph (6) there shall be added—

(7) On completing a review of any subsequent assessment under this Article, the child support officer concerned shall make a fresh maintenance assessment except in such circumstances as may be prescribed.

(8) In this Article “subsequent assessment” means a maintenance assessment made after the original assessment with respect to the same persons as the original assessment.

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