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HMRC internal manual

Tax Credits Technical Manual

Decision Making: Revised decisions, considering evidence and recording of decisions: Shared care cases

Example of the types of information that could be considered / requested when deciding a shared care case where two people from different households have responsibility for children

A shared care case is a good example of a case where a wide variety of evidence will be considered. In these cases the DM will be considering amongst other things:

  • who does the child live with?
  • from what date?
  • does the child live with anyone else?
  • if yes, who do they live with and from when?
  • what is the child’s main contact?
  • how many nights a week does the child stay with this person?
  • are there different arrangements during the school and other holidays?
  • who buys clothes, shoes and food for this child?
  • who arranges school, nursery or childcare places?
  • who takes and picks up this child from nursery etc?
  • what is the address held for the child’s medical records?
  • who cares for this child when they are ill?
  • who does their washing?
  • is there a court order over this child?

Note: This list is not exhaustive but it shows the breadth of evidence that should be considered where there is a decision to be made that involves shared care of a child. Further information can be found at TCTM02204