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Glossary of Terms

Politically-Incorrect Glossary of Terms

Under development - the aim is to circumvent any "politically correct" versions and state "the truth". Note the meanings of AP / NRP / PWC - these are financial services terms for "payer" & "payee", even though they appear to be something to do with care & residence.

Term Meaning & use

AP

Absent Parent

Person with the responsibility to pay child support maintenance
(Old term, up to 2001-01-31)

(It is not used within the child support system to indicate that this person cares for the child less than another person, or that the child normally doesn't live with this person. The child support system has no use for a term with that meaning).

Child support maintenance Money paid for supporting a child. It is shortened to "child support" on this web site because there appears to be a redundant word!
maternity

"The period during pregnancy and shortly after childbirth".
(New Oxford Dictionary of English).

NRP

Non-Resident Parent

Person with the responsibility to pay child support maintenance
(New term, from to 2001-01-31)

(It is not used within the child support system to indicate that this person cares for the child less than another person, or that the child normally doesn't live with this person. The child support system has no use for a term with that meaning).

PWC

Person With Care; Parent With Care

Person with the right to receive child support maintenance

(It is not used within the child support system to indicate that this person cares for the child more than another person, or that the child normally lives with this person. The child support system has no use for a term with that meaning).

The CSA's Glossary of Terms

The CSA has its own Glossary of Terms. While it often provides useful definitions, it also serves to mask the truth behind a veneer of (false) plausibility. For example:

Term True meaning & use CSA Glossary of terms Explanation of difference

NRP

Nonresident Parent

Person with the responsibility to pay child support maintenance
(New term, from to 2001-01-31)

(It is not used within the child support system to indicate that this person cares for the child less than another person, or that the child normally doesn't live with this person. The child support system has no use for a term with that meaning).

This is a parent who lives in a separate household from the PWC and QC for whom they are liable to pay maintenance under the Child Support Act. Where parents have shared care, the parent who has the children for the shorter period is regarded as the non-resident parent.

Now consider where the mother and father share care equally. Obviously in that case the CSA definition is total poppycock!

This is not some subtle nit-picking point. Whoever wrote that CSA definition simply didn't comprehend the function of the term "AP", then "NRP", within the CSA system, and its precise definition is law. And neither do millions of people in the UK, nor most of the media & politicians. A brilliant piece of double-think!

The term simply means that the CSA's first stage, which determines who will pay whom, has made a decision. It may be because one of the parents cares for the child for longer than the other. Or it may simple mean that the one who can't receive Child Benefit for the child is designated the one who must pay, and the one who receives Child Benefit is designated the one who will receive - even if they care for the child equal amounts of time, and even if the receiver earns vastly more money than the payer.

39th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition: “Never be afraid to mislabel a product”

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