Divorce and children: more questions answered

October 18, 2013 10 comments

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Mark Christie, the head of the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought 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…

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Child Support Agency arrangements hit ‘record high’

May 20, 2013 5 comments

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 five parents involved with the CSA now pay for their children voluntarily, according to statistics from the Department  for Work and Pensions (DWP). Meanwhile, the number of unwilling parents who have…

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Department for Work and Pensions ‘misleading’ on child support

May 16, 2013 13 comments

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…

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Yorkshire man tried to fake paternity test

May 10, 2013 1 comment

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A 44 year-old from Featherstone, near Pontefract in West Yorkshire, has admitted fraud after sending another man along to a paternity test. John Bullett was contacted by the Child Support Agency about maintenance payments after Danielle Roxburgh had named him as the father of her child. According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post, he…

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Judge delays paternity hearing for more information

April 11, 2013 0 comments

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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 legal declaration of parentage under  Section 55A of the Family Law Act 1986. This states…

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Child maintenance complications and the self-employed

January 16, 2013 14 comments

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 October…

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Visiting Child Maintenance Options (from Solicitors Journal)

December 11, 2012 18 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 06/12/2012. Child Maintenance Options is doing its best with limited resources, but is it enough, asks Marilyn Stowe 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…

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