Consultation on Child Maintenance: Accelerating Enforcement (Administrative Liability Orders)

Consultation opened on 08 July 2024. Closing date 29 September 2024 at 17:00.


The consultation is to inform the Government's proposed changes to Child Maintenance Regulations.


Consultation description

This consultation sets out the Department for Communities’ plans to implement existing powers that allow the Child Maintenance Service to make an administrative liability order against a person who has failed to pay child maintenance and is in arrears. A liability order is legal recognition of the debt and is required before the Child Maintenance Service can take certain enforcement actions against non-compliant parents to enforce those arrears.

This consultation is seeking views from anyone who could be affected by the implementation of the power to make administrative liability orders.

The Bill as introduced, and the Explanatory and Financial Memorandum as introduced are both available via the NI Assembly website.

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Social Security Policy, Legislation and Decision-Making Services,
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Causeway Exchange,
1 – 7 Bedford Street,

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