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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Child maintenance rises loom for non-resident parents

December 7, 2012 53 comments

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. And according to an article in the Daily Mail, these reforms will mean a hike in child maintenance payment for many…

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ITV This Morning: The CSA & Sperm Donors

November 1, 2012 9 comments

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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 this story, to discuss his circumstances…

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Gay sperm donor told to pay for children by CSA

October 29, 2012 13 comments

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A gay man who twice donated sperm to help a lesbian couple have children has been ordered by the Child Support Agency (CSA) to pay maintenance. Mark Langridge, from Essex, has been told to pay £26 per week towards the upbringing of two girls, both born more than a decade ago, even though he is…

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Child Maintenance Payments on This Morning

May 23, 2012 56 comments

  Earlier today I appeared on ITV’s This Morning, sitting alongside Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield answering viewers’ questions about child maintenance. The volume of calls, emails and tweets was high, and many of the questions about child maintenance followed the same theme.  There was a lot of confusion over the process that governs the…

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The Experts: Child support is a matter for judges

July 22, 2011 18 comments

This is my latest post for The Times, which appears on The Expert blog. This week the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) published its annual report and accounts for 2010/11. Earlier this month the Work and Pensions Select Committee published its proposed child maintenance reforms. Taken together, the two documents make for sombre reading….

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