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The Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012

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63.  (1)  Subject to the following paragraphs of this regulation, and to regulation 68 (thresholds), the following costs incurred or reasonably expected to be incurred by the non-resident parent, whether in respect of the non-resident parent or the qualifying child or both, for the purpose of maintaining contact with that child, constitute special expenses for the purposes of paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 4B to the 1991 Act(1)—

(a)the cost of purchasing a ticket for travel;

(b)the cost of purchasing fuel where travel is by a vehicle which is not carrying fare-paying passengers;

(c)the taxi fare for a journey or part of a journey where the Secretary of State is satisfied that the disability or long-term illness of the non-resident parent or the qualifying child makes it impracticable for any other form of transport to be used for that journey or part of that journey;

(d)the cost of car hire where the cost of the journey would be less in total than it would be if public transport or taxis or a combination of both were used;

(e)where the Secretary of State considers a return journey on the same day is impracticable, or the established or intended pattern of contact with the child includes contact over two or more consecutive days, the cost of the non-resident parent’s or, as the case may be, the child’s, accommodation for the number of nights the Secretary of State considers appropriate in the circumstances of the case; and

(f)any minor incidental costs such as tolls or fees payable for the use of a particular road or bridge incurred in connection with such travel, including breakfast where it is included as part of the accommodation cost referred to in sub-paragraph (e).

(2) The costs to which paragraph (1) applies include the cost of a person to travel with the non-resident parent or the qualifying child, if the Secretary of State is satisfied that the presence of another person on the journey, or part of the journey, is necessary including, but not limited to, where it is necessary because of the young age of the qualifying child or the disability or long-term illness of the non-resident parent or that child.

(3) The costs referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2)—

(a)are expenses for the purposes of paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 4B to the 1991 Act only to the extent that they are—

(i)incurred in accordance with a set pattern as to frequency of contact between the non-resident parent and the qualifying child which has been established at or, where at the time of the variation application it has ceased, which had been established before, the time that the variation application is made; or

(ii)based on an intended set pattern for such contact which the Secretary of State is satisfied has been agreed between the non-resident parent and the person with care of the qualifying child; and

(b)are —

(i)where sub-paragraph (a)(i) applies and such contact is continuing, calculated as an average weekly amount based on the expenses actually incurred during the period of 12 months, or such lesser period as the Secretary of State may consider appropriate in the circumstances of the case, ending immediately before the day from which a variation agreed on this ground would take effect;

(ii)where sub-paragraph (a)(i) applies and such contact has ceased, calculated as an average weekly amount based on the expenses actually incurred during the period from the day from which a variation agreed on this ground would take effect to the last day on which the variation would take effect; or

(iii)where sub-paragraph (a)(ii) applies, calculated as an average weekly amount based on anticipated costs during such period as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(4) Where, at the date on which the variation application is made, the non-resident parent has received, is in receipt of, or will receive, any financial assistance, other than a loan, from any source to meet, wholly or in part, the costs of maintaining contact with a child as referred to in paragraph (1), only the amount of the costs referred to in that paragraph, after the deduction of the financial assistance, constitutes special expenses for the purposes of paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 4B to the 1991 Act.

(1)

Schedule 4B was substituted by sections 6 of, and Schedule 2 to, the 2000 Act and amended by Schedule 8 to the 2008 Act and S.I. 2008/2833.

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