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The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2012

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This is the original version (as it was originally made).

Statutory Instruments

2012 No. 3042 (C. 122)

Family Law

Child Support

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2012

Made

5th December 2012

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by section 62(3) and (4) of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008(1):

Citation and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2012.

(2) In this Order—

1991 Act” means the Child Support Act 1991(2);

2000 Act” means the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000(3);

2008 Act” means the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008;

2012 Regulations” means the Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012(4);

“new calculation rules” means Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the 1991 Act as amended by the provisions specified in article 2.

(3) In this Order, subject to paragraph (5)—

“maintenance calculation”, “non-resident parent”, “person with care” and “qualifying child” have the meanings given in the 1991 Act(5);

“absent parent” and “maintenance assessment” have the meanings given in the 1991 Act before its amendment by the 2000 Act.

(4) In this Order, a reference to an existing case is to a case in which there is—

(a)a maintenance assessment in force;

(b)a maintenance calculation, made otherwise than in accordance with the new calculation rules, in force;

(c)an application for a maintenance assessment which has been made but not determined; or

(d)an application for a maintenance calculation, which falls to be made otherwise than in accordance with the new calculation rules, which has been made but not determined.

(5) In this Order—

(a)a reference to a non-resident parent includes reference to a person who is—

(i)alleged to be the non-resident parent for the purposes of an application for child support maintenance under the 1991 Act; or

(ii)treated as the non-resident parent for the purposes of the 1991 Act; and

(b)a reference to an absent parent includes reference to a person who is—

(i)alleged to be the absent parent for the purposes of an application for child support maintenance under the 1991 Act; or

(ii)treated as the absent parent for the purposes of the 1991 Act.

Appointed day for the coming into effect of the new calculation rules

2.  The following provisions of the 2008 Act come into force, in so far as those provisions are not already in force, on 10th December 2012 for the purposes of those types of cases falling within article 3—

(a)section 16 (changes to the calculation of maintenance) and paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 (introductory), so far as relating to the paragraphs referred to in paragraph (b);

(b)paragraphs 2, 3 and 5 to 10 of Schedule 4 (changes to the calculation of maintenance);

(c)sections 17 (power to regulate supersession) and 18 (determination of applications for a variation);

(d)section 57(1) and paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 7 (minor and consequential amendments), so far as relating to the paragraph referred to in paragraph (e);

(e)paragraph 1(2) and (29) of Schedule 7;

(f)section 58 (repeals), so far as relating to the entries referred to in paragraph (g); and

(g)in Schedule 8 (repeals), the entries relating to—

(i)Schedule 1 (maintenance calculations) to the 1991 Act; and

(ii)Schedule 24 (social security, child support and tax credits) to the Civil Partnership Act 2004(6).

Cases to which the new calculation rules apply

3.—(1) The types of cases falling within this article, for the purposes of article 2, are those cases satisfying any of paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) A case satisfies this paragraph where—

(a)an application under section 4 or 7 of the 1991 Act(7) is made to the Secretary of State on or after 10th December 2012;

(b)that application is made in respect of at least four qualifying children with the same person with care and the same non-resident parent; and

(c)subject to paragraph (5), there is no existing case which has both the same person with care and the same non-resident parent referred to in sub-paragraph (b).

(3) A case satisfies this paragraph where it is an existing case and—

(a)the non-resident parent in a case falling within paragraph (2) is also the non-resident parent or absent parent in relation to the existing case; and

(b)the person with care in relation to the existing case is not the person with care in relation to the case falling within paragraph (2).

(4) A case satisfies this paragraph where it is an existing case and—

(a)the non-resident parent or absent parent (“A”) is a partner of a non-resident parent in a case falling within paragraph (2) (“B”); and

(b)A or B is in receipt of a prescribed benefit.

(5) Where—

(a)the applicant in relation to an existing case makes a request to the Secretary of State under section 4(5) or 7(6) of the 1991 Act to cease acting; and

(b)a further application is made under section 4 or 7 of the 1991 Act in relation to the same qualifying child, person with care and non-resident parent on or after 10th December 2012, but before the expiry of 13 weeks from the date of cessation of action by the Secretary of State,

the case is to be treated as an existing case (and so is not a case that satisfies paragraph (2)).

(6) For the purposes of paragraphs (2)(a) and (5)(b), the date an application is made is—

(a)where made by telephone, the date it is made; and

(b)where made by post, the date of receipt by the Secretary of State.

(7) For the purposes of paragraph (4)—

“partner” has the meaning given in paragraph 10C(4) (references to various terms) of Schedule 1 to the 1991 Act as amended by the 2000 Act(8);

“prescribed benefit” means a benefit prescribed, or treated as prescribed, for the purposes of paragraph 4(1)(c) (flat rate) of Schedule 1 to the 1991 Act as amended by the 2000 Act.

(8) For the purposes of paragraph (5)(b), the date of cessation of action by the Secretary of State is—

(a)where there is a maintenance assessment or maintenance calculation in force, the date on which the liability under that assessment or calculation ends as a result of the request to cease acting;

(b)where there is an application still to be determined, the date notified to the person with care as the date on which the Secretary of State has ceased acting.

Appointed day for other 2008 Act provisions

4.  The following provisions of the 2008 Act come into force, in so far as those provisions are not already in force, on 10th December 2012—

(a)sections 32 (power to accept part payment of arrears in full and final satisfaction) and 33 (power to write off arrears); and

(b)section 42 (meaning of “child”).

Transitional provision for existing cases

5.  Where a case falls within article 3(3) or (4), the provisions of the 1991 Act continue to apply—

(a)as they were in force immediately before the coming into force of the provisions in article 2 in relation to that case;

(b)until the maintenance calculation made in response to the application referred to in article 3(2)(a) takes effect.

Transitional provision when making the maintenance calculation

6.  For the period beginning on 10th December 2012 and ending on the date on which the new calculation rules come into force for all purposes—

(a)regulation 34(2) of the 2012 Regulations (the general rule for determining gross weekly income) shall be read as if after paragraph (b) there were inserted—

or

(c)HMRC is unable, for whatever reason, to provide the required information.;

(b)regulation 69(5) of the 2012 Regulations (non-resident parent with unearned income) shall be read as if after paragraph (b) there were inserted—

or

(c)HMRC is unable, for whatever reason, to provide the information,.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Steve Webb

Minister of State,

Department for Work and Pensions

5th December 2012

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings into force provisions of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (c. 6) (“the 2008 Act”) for the purpose of applying new rules for calculating child support maintenance to certain types of cases. It also brings into force a number of other provisions in the 2008 Act for the purposes of all cases.

The 2008 Act amends the statutory scheme for calculation, collection and enforcement of child support maintenance, as originally set out in the Child Support Act 1991 (c. 48) (“the 1991 Act”) and amended by the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 (c. 19) (“the 2000 Act”). The amendments made by the 2000 Act were brought into force by the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 (Commencement No.12) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/192) for new applications after 3rd March 2003 and for existing cases related to such applications. However, the original provisions of the 1991 Act remained in force for a substantial number of cases, effectively resulting in two separate schemes. The 2008 Act makes further amendments to the rules for calculating child support maintenance. These provisions together constitute a third scheme (“the new calculation rules”) and will apply to certain applications made on or after 10th December 2012 and certain cases linked to those applications.

Article 2 brings into force the majority of the amendments made to the calculation rules on 10th December 2012 for the purposes of certain types of cases, which are set out in article 3. The cases to which the new calculation rules will apply are those new applications made on or after 10th December 2012 which relate to at least four qualifying children with both the same person with care and non-resident parent, where there is no existing case with the same person with care and the same non-resident parent. For the purposes of considering whether there is an existing case, article 3(5) makes provision so that any case voluntarily closed in the thirteen weeks preceding the new application will still be considered an existing case and prevent the new calculation rules applying.

The new calculation rules will also apply to any existing case in which the non-resident parent named in the new application is also the non-resident parent and there is a different parent with care (article 3(3)). Also, the new calculation rules will apply to any existing case in which the non-resident parent is the partner of a non-resident parent named in a new application, and either of those non-resident parents claims a prescribed benefit (article 3(4)). Article 5 makes transitional provision so that the new calculation rules only apply to the existing case from the date the calculation made in response to the new application takes effect.

Article 4(a) brings into force sections 32 and 33 of the 2008 Act, as far as they are not already in force, on 10th December 2012. These provisions allow the Secretary of State to accept part payment in full and final satisfaction of child support maintenance liability and to write off arrears in accordance with regulations.

Article 4(b) brings section 42 of the 2008 Act, which inserts a new meaning of the word “child” into the 1991 Act, into force, as far as it is not already in force, on 10th December 2012.

Article 6 makes transitional provision in relation to the maintenance calculation. During the period beginning on 10th December and ending when the new scheme rules are commenced for all purposes, two provisions of the Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012 need to be read as if additional words were inserted. This allows a non-resident parent’s gross weekly income to be calculated on the basis of his current income if HMRC are for any reason unable to provide historic income information in relation to the non-resident parent.

NOTE AS TO EARLIER COMMENCEMENT ORDERS

(This note is not part of the Order)

The following provisions of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 have been brought into force by commencement order made before the date of this Order:

Provision

Date of Commencement

S.I. No.

section 1 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 1 (for all other purposes)24th July 20082008/2033
section 224th July 20082008/2033
section 3 (partially)24th July 20082008/2033
section 3 (for all other purposes)1st November 20082008/2675
section 424th July 20082008/2033
section 524th July 20082008/2033
section 624th July 20082008/2033
section 724th July 20082008/2033
section 824th July 20082008/2033
section 924th July 20082008/2033
section 1024th July 20082008/2033
section 1124th July 20082008/2033
section 1224th July 20082008/2033
section 131st November 20082008/2675
section 141st November 20082008/2675
section 15 (partially)14th July 20082008/1476
section 15 (for all other purposes)27th October 20082008/2548
section 16 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 17 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 20 (partially)26th September 20082008/2548
section 20 (for all other purposes)27th October 20082008/2548
section 22 (partially)1st June 20092009/1314
section 22 (for all other purposes)3rd August 20092009/1314
section 23 (partially)1st June 20092009/1314
section 23 (for all other purposes)3rd August 20092009/1314
section 246th April 20102010/697
section 31 (partially)26th November 20092009/3072
section 31 (for all other purposes)25th January 20102009/3072
section 32 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 33 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 36 (partially)26th September 20082008/2548
section 36 (for all other purposes)27th October 20082008/2548
section 378th October 20122012/2523
section 3826th November 20092009/3072
section 418th October 20122012/2523
section 42 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 435th August 20082008/2033
section 441st November 20082008/2675
section 4514th July 20082008/1476
section 46 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 46 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 47 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 47 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 48 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 48 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 49 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 49 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 50 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 50 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 511st October 20082008/1476
section 521st October 20082008/1476
section 53 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 53 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 54 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
section 54 (for all other purposes)1st October 20082008/1476
section 5610th June 20082008/1476
section 57(1) (partially)27th October 20082008/2548
section 57(1) (partially)1st November 20082008/2675
section 57(1) (partially)1st June 20092009/1314
section 57(1) (partially)3rd August 20092009/1314
section 57(1) (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 57(2)10th June 20082008/1476
section 58 (partially)14th July 20082008/1476
section 58 (partially)27th October 20082008/2548
section 58 (partially)1st November 20082008/2675
section 58 (partially)1st June 20092009/1314
section 58 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
section 5910th June 20082008/1476
section 60(1)10th June 20082008/1476
Schedule 1 (partially)10th June 20082008/1476
Schedule 1 (for all other purposes)24th July 20082008/2033
Schedule 21st November 20082008/2675
Schedule 3 (partially)See article 2(a) of Commencement Order No. 4(9)2008/2675
Schedule 3 (for all other purposes)1st November 20082008/2675
Schedule 4 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
Schedule 61st November 20082008/2675
Schedule 7 (partially)14th July 20082008/1476
Schedule 7 (partially)27th October 20082008/2548
Schedule 7 (partially)1st November 20082008/2675
Schedule 7 (partially)1st June 20092009/1314
Schedule 7 (partially)3rd August 20092009/1314
Schedule 7 (partially)6th April 20102010/697
Schedule 7 (partially)27th June 20122012/1649
Schedule 7 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
Schedule 8 (partially)14th July 20082008/1476
Schedule 8 (partially)27th October 20082008/2548
Schedule 8 (partially)1st November 20082008/2675
Schedule 8 (partially)1st June 20092009/1314
Schedule 8 (partially)8th October 20122012/2523
(3)

2000 c. 19. The relevant amendments to the Child Support Act 1991 (c. 48) (“the 1991 Act”) were made by sections 1 and 26 of, and paragraph 11(1), (2) and (20) of Schedule 3 to, the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”).

(5)

The definition of “maintenance calculation” was substituted for the definition of “maintenance assessment” in section 54 of the 1991 Act by section 26 of, and paragraph 11(1) and (20)(d) of Schedule 3 to, the 2000 Act. The term “non-resident parent” was substituted for the term “absent parent” by section 26 of, and paragraph 11(1) and (2) of Schedule 3 to, the 2000 Act. The definition of “qualifying child” in section 3(1) of the 1991 Act was amended by section 26 of, and paragraph 11(1) and (2) of Schedule 3 to, the 2000 Act.

(7)

Section 4 was amended by section 18(1) of the Child Support Act 1995 (c. 34), paragraph 19 of Schedule 7, and Schedule 8, to the Social Security Act 1998 (c. 14) (“the 1998 Act”), sections 1(2) and 2(1) to (3) of, and paragraph 11(1) to (3) of Schedule 3 to, the 2000 Act, section 35(1) of, and Schedule 8 to, the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (c. 6) (“the 2008 Act”) and S.I. 2012/2007. Section 7 was amended by paragraph 21 of Schedule 7, and Schedule 8, to the 1998 Act, section 1(2) of, and paragraph 11(1),(2) and (4) of Schedule 3 to, the 2000 Act, section 35(2) of the 2008 Act and S.I. 2012/2007.

(8)

Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the 1991 Act was substituted by section 1(3) of, and Schedule 1 to, the 2000 Act.

(9)

Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provision) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/2675) (C. 116).

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