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Reporting Changes

Circumstance Changes Parents Must Report

Some of the changes you need to report are for either parent (paying and receiving). Find out when to report a change and how reporting changes can affect your payments.

REPORTING CHANGES: Under the law, you must tell the services about certain changes in circumstances. You should contact Child Maintenance Service or CSA that manages your case.

Changes for Either Parent

Either of the parents should inform the Child Maintenance Service or the CSA if the income of the paying parent increases or decreases by:

You must also tell the Child Maintenance Service or the Child Support Agency if:

Changes for the Paying Parent

As a paying parent you must report any changes of circumstance such as if you:

You might be paying child maintenance through deductions in your earnings. In this case, leaving your job means you must tell the Child Maintenance Service or the CSA:

You, or your partner, may have registered for Child Benefit. If so, you should also report details about the child or children, such as:

Changes for the Receiving Parent

As a receiving parent you must report any time there is a change to the number of:

You must also let the Child Maintenance Service or the CSA know if:

1993 Scheme Cases

Having a case that uses the 1993 scheme rules mean you should also make a report of:

Information Needed to Report a Change of Circumstance

In most cases, the typical examples of the information you will need to have when you call the service includes:

Penalty for Giving the Wrong Information

Failing to give the right information means you could get taken to court and you could get fined up to £1,000 if:

The penalties also apply to any person or organisation who, according to the law, must provide information to the Child Maintenance Service or CSA. Examples include:

When Changes May Affect Maintenance Payments

A change in circumstances could also mean there is a change to the amount of child maintenance that you pay or you receive. Further information on how child maintenance is worked out explains how the different rules work.

Changes You Need to Report to Child Maintenance Service or CSA