Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Jennifer Williamson, a senior solicitor based in our Winchester office. “My son and daughter are both teenagers now and my son will be going off to university soon. How does that affect…

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DWP boasts of 15,000 voluntary maintenance arrangements

February 9, 2017 3 comments

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More than 30,000 parents have now set up voluntary child maintenance arrangements, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced. So-called ‘family-based arrangements’ are voluntary agreements between divorced or separated couples, in which the government does not intervene. In a new release the DWP announces that the parents of more than 15,900 children have…

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How much child support am I entitled to?

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February 2, 2017 3 comments

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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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Most voluntary childcare arrangements last more than a year

December 16, 2016 0 comments

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Almost two thirds of voluntary child support arrangements are still in place a year later, the government has announced. According to new research published by the Department for Work and Pensions, the majority of divorced and separated parents have now set up voluntary ‘direct pay’ agreements in which child maintenance is paid directly by the…

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Millions owed to single parents in child maintenance

October 26, 2016 9 comments

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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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Care demand, arbitration and more

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September 16, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law As the summer subsides, the family law news picks up… The Office for National Statistics has published its latest figures in relation to the formation and dissolution of civil partnerships. The figures show that civil partnership formations have declined by 85 per cent since 2013, as a result of the…

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