Government wants to postpone CSA closure

August 8, 2017 3 comments

family law

The government has announced plans to extend the planned closure of the Child Support Agency. The timed shutdown of the notorious government agency began in 2012 following the introduction of successor organisation the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), with open cases being gradually transferred to the new body. This process was due for completion at the…

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Witnessing child abuse exempts you from CMS fee

August 4, 2017 9 comments

family law

Single parents who apply to the Child Maintenance Service for financial assistance will no longer have to pay the £20 fee if they can demonstrate that they witnessed the abuse of their children. The Department for Work and Pensions has amended its rules to include seeing child abuse committed by a current or former partner…

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Child Maintenance Service must be less ‘tentative’

May 2, 2017 42 comments

fostering and adoption

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is too “tentative” in its approach to enforcement and must take a stronger approach to enforcement, MPs have insisted. The CMS was launched in 2012 as a replacement for the Child Support Agency (CSA). The idea was to encourage parents to deal directly with each other following a separation rather…

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£3 billion in child support debt ‘lost’

March 28, 2017 5 comments

finances and divorce

As much as £3 billion in child maintenace debt owed by parents under the Child Support Agency  (CSA) may never be recovered, the government believes. In a new report, the National Audit Office (NAO) reports on the continuing winding down of the notorious agency. The Department for Work and Pensions has been engaged in the…

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How much child support am I entitled to?

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February 2, 2017 4 comments

family law

Or, to put it from the other side: how much will I have to pay? The first thing to say is that the parents can agree whatever child support arrangements they wish. This post is intended as a guide to how much the Child Maintenance Service would now require the non-resident parent (NRP, i.e. the…

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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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