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The starting point with regard to a calculation sought from the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) against a named parent is that the CMS will request evidence of that parent to prove that they are not the parent. However, no maintenance calculation will be made on the assumption that the alleged parent is a parent unless under section 26 of the Child Support Act 1991 (CSA 1991):
the child is habitually resident in England and Wales and the Secretary of State is satisfied that the alleged parent was married to the child’s mother at some time in the period beginning with conception and ending with birth
the alleged parent was registered as the father of the child
the alleged parent has refused to take a DNA test, or a DNA test has been taken and shows that there is no reasonable doubt that the alleged parent is a parent
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