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Reviewing the definitions for Child Support

For the definition of a qualifying or dependent, should Inland Revenue take into account whether the child is at school?

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Paying parent

Yes, there needs to be a link to ensuring the children are dependent and school is a great measurement of that.

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2 months ago
Paul Geden

I like the new proposals, clear, simple to follow and more easily proven / enforcible

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2 months ago
christine

what about when a child is at uni not able to get student allowance, why doesn't child-support have to be payed to the child until they leave or turn 24 as they aren't classed as interdependent from parents till 24 with studylink but child-support 18

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2 months ago
tracy

Yes I think that having the child at school should still be taken into account as many parents still have to financially support their children through tertiary education and if one parents legal obligations cease they sure arent going to volunteer any money. i think its best for the child as they dont then have to worry about having huge student loans or the like, they can focus on their education and not the worry of how its going to be paid for

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2 months ago
TC

Yes. If a child is in school that should be suitable qualification for a dependent child. If they are out of school and eligible for Government assistance in their own right (e.g. benefit or student allowance) then they should no longer be considered dependent - if they leave school and do not obtain employment or benefit then that responsibility should fall to the day to day caregiver entirely to provide for them without CS or persuade them to take their own initiative. A CS paying parent should not need to support that ongoing care if that is not a decision he/she is privy to.

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