Child Support and Overseas Parents

August 21, 2009 132 comments

children in court

I recently heard a case about a father, living overseas, who was billed £12,000 for child maintenance by the Child Support Agency (CSA) when he returned to England. My first thought was there had been an administrative error. The rules on child maintenance state that the CSA is unable to become involved in a case…

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The CSA: Rachel Baul Answers More of Your Questions

January 19, 2009 43 comments

Guest Blogger and Solicitor Rachel Baul joined Stowe Family Law in 2004, and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. She specialises in all areas of family law and ancillary relief, and has been commended by a number of the firm’s high profile clients. My previous posts about the Child Support Agency and its replacement, C-MEC,…

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In the news: the CSA, CMEC and Madonna

October 24, 2008 3 comments

This has been a busy week – even by my standards! In addition to my day to day work, I was invited to appear on BBC 1’s The One Show, to discuss the imminent introduction of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC). It is set to take over from the much-loathed Child Support Agency….

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From the CSA to C-MEC: 10 things that you should know

September 23, 2008 3 comments

A guest post by Rachel Baul of Stowe Family Law. Many lawyers are sceptical that C-MEC can provide effective solutions to the CSA’s shortcomings. Further to my last guest post, which answered some common questions about the CSA, here are ten things that you should know about the changes currently in hand. The CSA is currently undergoing…

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Fathers, birth certificates and the latest “big idea”

June 6, 2008 0 comments

The law needs changing – the Government must do more than tinker at the edges Although I believe that the increased number of unmarried couples has created problems that are not covered with existing legislation, I was startled to learn that the Government has unveiled proposals to make unmarried mothers declare their children’s fathers on…

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