As mentioned here, the week began with a disagreement between Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove and domestic violence charity Women’s Aid over whether or not domestic violence is a “life choice”. Now, I’m not going to get into an argument over what Mr Gove said or what he meant, but I must agree with Women’s Aid. A person may make a choice to stay with an abusive
Mark Christie, the head the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought new visitors to this blog in recent weeks.
The non-resident parent has free living accommodation – does this affect child maintenance payments?
The living accommodation costs or absence of them does not affect an assessment of child
Planned changes to the UK child maintenance system could increase poverty and threaten the welfare of children, a charity has claimed.
A new report by social research charity the Nuffield Foundation into the maintenance arrangement of single parents on benefit suggests that around half of all private
The number of parents paying for their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) has hit a record high, the government has claimed.
Four in four parents involved with the CSA now pay for their children voluntarily,
The UK government’s methods of monitoring child maintenance are misleading, single parent charity Gingerbread has claimed.
In a new consultation on ways of increasing the accuracy of financial reporting, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that it plans to continue counting child maintenance payments as paid in full when the Child Support Agency
John Bullett was contacted by the Child Support Agency about child support payments
High Court judge Mr Justice Holman has adjourned a paternity hearing after finding the evidence from a DNA test too vague for legal purposes.
In the recently published case, a man called David Elliott had gone to court seeking a
Just under 80 per cent of the parents currently targeted by the Child Support Agency (CA) are paying maintenance, according to new figures.
Out of a total of 882,200 individual cases being handled by the agency in December last year, 701,500 were paying maintenance – 79.5 per cent or just under four in five.
The figures represent a slight drop the 80 per cent of cases actively paying maintenance three months earlier.
In just over 95 per cent of CSA cases, the father is the ‘non-resident’ parent – ie not
Just how much child maintenance a non-resident parent should pay is an complex and emotive subject. Over the 20 years of its existence, the Child Support Agency (CSA) earned a reputation, amongst other things, for heavy-handed inflexibility in its pursuit of separated and divorced fathers. Some of these complaints were justified. As recently as
Every month I appear on ITV’s This Morning, for a regular ‘Divorce Clinic’ in which I answer viewers’ questions live on air. One subject is always guaranteed to prompt a deluge of messages, tweets and phone
Next Monday the Department for Work and Pensions will begin rolling out a package of reforms that will eventually see the much reviled Child Support Agency (CSA) replaced by the new Child Maintenance Service.
Earlier this week, I blogged about the gay man who twice donated sperm to help a lesbian couple have children, and who has now been ordered to pay child maintenance by the CSA. Today I appeared on ITV This Morning alongside Mark Langridge, the man in the middle of the story, to discuss his circumstances and the law with presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. Here is Mark Langridge’s case in summary.
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Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner in Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Yorkshire, Cheshire and London. With more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings she is regarded as one of the most formidable and sought after divorce lawyers in the UK. In 2012, Marilyn became one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator.
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