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The Child Support (Management of Payments and Arrears) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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PART 4Recovery from Estates

Application and interpretation

10.—(1) This Part applies in relation to the estate of a person who dies on or after the day on which these Regulations come into operation.

(2) In this Part, “child support maintenance” means child support maintenance for the collection of which the Department is authorised to make arrangements.

Recovery of arrears from a deceased person’s estate

11.  Arrears of child support maintenance for which a deceased person was liable immediately before death are a debt payable by the deceased’s executor or administrator out of the deceased’s estate to the Department.

Appeals and other proceedings

12.—(1) The deceased’s executor or administrator has the same rights, subject to the same procedures and time limits, as the deceased person had immediately before death to institute, continue or withdraw any proceedings under the Order, whether by appeal or otherwise.

(2) Regulation 34 of the Decisions and Appeals Regulations shall apply to a case where the non-resident parent is the deceased party to the proceedings as if for paragraphs (1) and (2) there were substituted the following paragraph—

(1) In any proceedings, on the death of a non-resident parent, the Department must appoint the deceased’s executor or administrator to proceed with the appeal in place of the deceased, unless there is no such person in which circumstances it may appoint such person as it thinks fit to proceed with the appeal..

Disclosure of information

13.—(1) The Department may disclose information held for the purposes of the Order to the deceased’s executor or administrator where, in the opinion of the Department, such information is essential to enable the executor or administrator to administer the deceased’s estate, including, where necessary, to institute, continue or withdraw proceedings under the Order.

(2) Any application for information under this regulation shall be made to the Department in writing setting out the reasons for the application.

(3) Except where a person gives written permission to the Department that the information mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) in relation to that person may be disclosed to other persons, any information disclosed under paragraph (1) must not contain—

(a)the address of any person, except that of the recipient of the information in question and the office of the officer concerned who is exercising functions of the Department under the Order, or any other information the use of which could reasonably be expected to lead to any such person being located;

(b)any other information the use of which could reasonably be expected to lead to any person, other than a party to the maintenance calculation, being identified.

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