The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has updated guidance which sets out how it will decide if a victim of domestic violence or abuse is exempt from the CMS application fee. The guidance now states that witnessing child abuse is also a form of domestic violence being suffered. Since June 2014, there has been a £20 fee to apply to the CMS. However, victims of domestic violence or abuse do not have to pay this fee. This guidance explains: • how DWP decides whether a person is a victim of domestic violence or abuse • who the person applying for maintenance must have reported the violence or abuse to
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