Child Support Handbook 2015/16

Publication date: 2015 Edition: 23rd Format: Paperback, 494 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group
ISBN: 978-1-910715-01-7

For CPAG members and CAB customers, the book is available for £30.00. Please contact us on 020 7812 5236 or email:

Our comprehensive guide to the child support scheme provides clear,practical guidance for anyone advising parents on child maintenance issues.

The Handbook explains:

  • 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?
  • how can you challenge a decision or make a complaint?

Updated to include the latest changes, this new edition is fully indexed and cross-referenced to legislation, caselaw and official guidance, and includes practical examples, tactical hints and arguments.

‘Well written, fantastically detailed and very accurate … there isn’t a better source of information and advice!’ 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

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

‘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

‘Gives a thorough explanation of the system’ WOMAN’S OWN

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