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Families and individuals have many different circumstances, and it is impossible to legislate for every different situation.

Sometimes applying the law to a particular circumstance doesn’t end up with the right result for those particular parents or carers.

The Government acknowledges that a “one-size-fits-all” approach won’t work for all parents or carers. It is proposing to give Inland Revenue the power to use its discretion when parents have unusual or exceptional circumstances to ensure the right result for that person.

As Child Support is money going from one person to another it would not be possible for Inland Revenue’s use of discretion to benefit all affected parties. In these situations Inland Revenue would consider what is necessary to achieve the right policy outcome in the unusual situation.  The affected parties would be able to challenge the outcome when Inland Revenue had used discretion.

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