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We updated the document on 30 November 2017 to reflect a change in the date by which all liabilities in existing Child Support Agency cases must end. A consultation on changes to the Child Support Agency case closure programme decided that the date would change from 31 December 2017 to 31 December 2018.
About the scheme
We introduced new rules for all new child maintenance applications from November 2013.
Cases assessed under the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes will have their maintenance liabilities ended, leading to the eventual closure of the case. People paying or receiving child maintenance under these schemes will be invited to make their own arrangements or apply for the new child maintenance scheme.
This guidance explains how and when we will end existing liabilities under the 1993 and 2003 schemes and how to apply under the new scheme.