Child Support Handbook

Child Support Handbook 2013 2014

Price £29   494 pages   ISBN 978 1 906076 74 0

This 21st annual edition (2013/2014) published August 2013.

The next edition is due in summer 2014 - see order form.

Written for parents and their advisers, the annually-updated Child Support Handbook is the standard practical guide to the statutory child support scheme in England, Wales and Scotland. It gives clear explanations of child support issues including:

  • how do you apply for child support?
  • what powers do the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance Service have?
  • how is the amount of child support calculated under the different statutory schemes?
  • when will your case be transferred to the new rules?
  • how do you challenge a child support decision?
  • what happens if you fail to pay child support?

This edition is completely revised and updated to include the new system of calculating child support introduced in December 2012 and details of when cases will be transferred to the new Child Maintenance Service. It includes the latest information on future changes to the scheme, including the ‘gateway’ service to encourage parents to make their own private arrangements, and the introduction of fees.

Practical examples of maintenance calculations, and tactical hints and tips for dealing with the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service are included.

This handbook is fully indexed and cross-referenced to legislation and caselaw.


'If you are advising parents on any aspect of child maintenance then you need this book!' THE ADVISER (Citizens Advice)

'This book, like most of CPAG’s publications, should be in every social work office… I found the practical examples, and advice about tactics and arguments useful and helpful. In short, this book is the benchmark guide to the child support scheme.' COMMUNITY CARE

'An essential aid for anyone involved with the child support system, whether as advisor, payer or recipient… It is quite remarkable for the clarity of its layout, the depth of its explanations and notes, and the accuracy of its content. Highly recommended.' SOLICITORS JOURNAL

'It is hard to beat the CPAG guide… it is outstanding value for money. It is clearly written and easy to find your way around… invaluable for advisers.' NEW LAW JOURNAL

'Each edition is always better… (it) leaves everything I have seen in its wake.' FAMILY LAW

'This handbook is an excellent resource and invaluable when giving advice on all child support issues.' ARIAN money advice newsletter (Citizens Advice)

'The best thing… is to get a copy of the Child Support Handbook… details of entitlements are clear, accurate and fully explained.' BELLA