Child maintenance: ending liability scheme

This document explains how we will end liabilities under the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes.


Child Support scheme for timing and related matters in relation to ending liability in existing cases (“the ending liability scheme”)

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We first published this version of the scheme on 17 December 2014, following a consultation on Closing partially and fully compliant CSA cases simultaneously.

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.

More about child maintenance

Read more information about arranging child maintenance through the Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service.

Published 17 December 2014
Last updated 30 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added updated version of the ending liability scheme to reflect the change in date from 31 December 2017 to 31 December 2018 by which all liabilities on existing CSA cases must end.
  2. First published.