Guidance

Child maintenance application fee: exemption for victims of domestic violence

How we will decide if a victim of domestic violence or abuse is exempt from the Child Maintenance Service application fee.

Documents

Guidance on regulation 4(3) of the Child Support Fees Regulations 2014: How the Secretary of State will determine if an applicant is a victim of domestic violence or abuse

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Guidance on regulation 4(3) of the Child Support Fees Regulations 2014: List of persons to whom an applicant must have reported domestic violence or abuse

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Details

From 30 June 2014 there has been a £20 fee to apply to the 2012 scheme run by the Child Maintenance Service. Victims of domestic violence or abuse will not have to pay this fee.

This guidance explains:

  • how we decide whether a person is a victim of domestic violence or abuse
  • who the person applying for maintenance must have reported the violence or abuse to

More information on GOV.UK

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

Published 2 December 2013
Last updated 1 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to state that witnessing child abuse is also a form of domestic violence.
  2. First published.