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Child Support Act 1991

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29Collection of child support maintenance

(1)The Secretary of State may arrange for the collection of any child support maintenance payable in accordance with a maintenance assessment where—

(a)the assessment is made by virtue of section 6; or

(b)an application has been made to the Secretary of State under section 4(2) or 7(3) for him to arrange for its collection.

(2)Where a maintenance assessment is made under this Act, payments of child support maintenance under the assessment shall be made in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(3)The regulations may, in particular, make provision—

(a)for payments of child support maintenance to be made—

(i)to the person caring for the child or children in question;

(ii)to, or through, the Secretary of State; or

(iii)to, or through, such other person as the Secretary of State may, from time to time, specify;

(b)as to the method by which payments of child support maintenance are to be made;

(c)as to the intervals at which such payments are to be made;

(d)as to the method and timing of the transmission of payments which are made, to or through the Secretary of State or any other person, in accordance with the regulations;

(e)empowering the Secretary of State to direct any person liable to make payments in accordance with the assessment—

(i)to make them by standing order or by any other method which requires one person to give his authority for payments to be made from an account of his to an account of another’s on specific dates during the period for which the authority is in force and without the need for any further authority from him;

(ii)to open an account from which payments under the assessment may be made in accordance with the method of payment which that person is obliged to adopt;

(f)providing for the making of representations with respect to matters with which the regulations are concerned.

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