A bad advert for the child support system

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November 2, 2016 17 comments

family law

I have been around long enough to remember how child maintenance was dealt with by the courts prior to the advent of the child support system. I recall, in particular, walking down to the local magistrates’ court most Thursday mornings to argue the issue on behalf of mothers and fathers. That court-based system was certainly…

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Millions owed to single parents in child maintenance

October 26, 2016 9 comments

family law

Single parents in the UK are owed millions of pounds in child maintenance, a new study suggests. Campaign charity Gingerbread claims that as much as £6 million is owed to such parents in West Yorkshire, Grimsby, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Telford alone. The organisation maintains that the average amount of unpaid child maintenance is more…

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Child Maintenance Service sees 21% increase in cases

May 3, 2016 2 comments

family law

The number of people who use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has increased by 21 per cent, official figures reveal. The CMS had 227,000 open cases in February, according to newly published data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This number has risen quite sharply since August 2013 when it was only 4,500….

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Football player appeals child maintenance

October 28, 2015 8 comments

family law

A “well-known” professional football player has successfully challenged the amount of child maintenance he had been required to pay. The 32 year-old had previously been ordered to hand over £2500 per month for each of his two children, which meant his annual bill came to £60,000. At the time, he played for a club in…

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Child Maintenance Service writes to parents

September 12, 2014 5 comments

CSA, child maintenance service, children

As many as 50,000 children could benefit from continuing changes to the child maintenance system, the government has claimed. The government has begun writing to 150,000 parents as part of a three year process in which all remaining Child Support Agency (CSA) cases will be closed and transferred to the new Child Maintenance Service. Currently,…

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