Finding fault, family law reform and more

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March 31, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Following swiftly on from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Owens case, interim findings from research exploring how the current divorce law works in practice have been published. Key findings of the research include that the majority of divorces are based on ‘fault’, i.e. blaming one spouse for the…

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Brexit, divorce and more

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March 24, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The High Court has held that a ten year old boy, who has been brought up as a Muslim, must attend an Islamic faith school in London, despite his father’s objections. The father described himself as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist, said he wanted his son to have a secular education.  His…

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Child maintenance backlog exceeds £3.8 billion

March 20, 2017 20 comments

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The amount of uncollected child maintenance in Britain now exceeds £3.8 billion, the BBC has claimed. The figure, highlighted on Victoria Derbyshire show, is based on collated government statistics and dates back 23 years. An estimated 1.2 million parents with care of their children are currently owed child support payments by their former partners. According…

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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 4 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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