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Child Support Act 1991

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. The basic principles

    1. 1.The duty to maintain

    2. 2.Welfare of children: the general principle

    3. 3.Meaning of certain terms used in this Act

    4. 4.Child support maintenance

    5. 5.Child support maintenance: supplemental provisions

    6. 6.Applications by those receiving benefit

    7. 7.Right of child in Scotland to apply for assessment

    8. 8.Role of the courts with respect to maintenance for children

    9. 9.Agreements about maintenance

    10. 10.Relationship between maintenance assessments and certain court orders and related matters

  3. Maintenance assessments

    1. 11.Maintenance assessments

    2. 12.Interim maintenance assessments

  4. Child support officers

    1. 13.Child support officers

  5. Information

    1. 14.Information required by Secretary of State

    2. 15.Powers of inspectors

  6. Reviews and appeals

    1. 16.Periodical reviews

    2. 17.Reviews on change of circumstances

    3. 18.Reviews of decisions of child support officers

    4. 19.Reviews at instigation of child support officers

    5. 20.Appeals

    6. 21.Child support appeal tribunals

    7. 22.Child Support Commissioners

    8. 23.Child Support Commissioners for Northern Ireland

    9. 24.Appeal to Child Support Commissioner

    10. 25.Appeal from Child Support Commissioner on question of law

    11. 26.Disputes about parentage

    12. 27.Reference to court for declaration of parentage

    13. 28.Power of Secretary of State to initiate or defend actions of declarator: Scotland

  7. Collection and enforcement

    1. 29.Collection of child support maintenance

    2. 30.Collection and enforcement of other forms of maintenance

    3. 31.Deduction from earnings orders

    4. 32.Regulations about deduction from earnings orders

    5. 33.Liability orders

    6. 34.Regulations about liability orders

    7. 35.Enforcement of liability orders by distress

    8. 36.Enforcement in county courts

    9. 37.Regulations about liability orders: Scotland

    10. 38.Enforcement of liability orders by diligence: Scotland

    11. 39.Liability orders: enforcement throughout United Kingdom

    12. 40.Commitment to prison

    13. 41.Arrears of child support maintenance

  8. Special cases

    1. 42.Special cases

    2. 43.Contribution to maintenance by deduction from benefit

  9. Jurisdiction

    1. 44.Jurisdiction

    2. 45.Jurisdiction of courts in certain proceedings under this Act

  10. Miscellaneous and supplemental

    1. 46.Failure to comply with obligations imposed by section 6

    2. 47.Fees

    3. 48.Right of audience

    4. 49.Right of audience: Scotland

    5. 50.Unauthorised disclosure of information

    6. 51.Supplementary powers to make regulations

    7. 52.Regulations and orders

    8. 53.Financial provisions

    9. 54.Interpretation

    10. 55.Meaning of “child”

    11. 56.Corresponding provision for and co-ordination with Northern Ireland

    12. 57.Application to Crown

    13. 58.Short title, commencement and extent, etc

    1. Schedule 1

      Maintenance Assessments.

      1. Part I Calculation of Child Support Maintenance.

      2. Part II General Provisions About Maintenance Assessments.

    2. Schedule 2

      Provision of Information to Secretary of State.

    3. Schedule 3

      Child Support Appeal Tribunals.

    4. Schedule 4

      Child Support Commissioners.

    5. Schedule 5

      Consequential Amendments.

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