A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

family law

In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

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Child maintenance evaders targeted by new bill

November 29, 2017 8 comments

family law

A private member’s bill on child maintenance evasion has received its first reading in the House of Commons. Heidi Allen is the Tory MP for South Cambridgeshire. She introduced the Child Maintenance Income Assessment Bill under the Ten Minute Rule Procedure. It aims to “equalise the assessment and enforcement of child maintenance arrangements of children…

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Government wants to postpone CSA closure

August 8, 2017 3 comments

family law

The government has announced plans to extend the planned closure of the Child Support Agency. The timed shutdown of the notorious government agency began in 2012 following the introduction of successor organisation the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), with open cases being gradually transferred to the new body. This process was due for completion at the…

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Witnessing child abuse exempts you from CMS fee

August 4, 2017 9 comments

family law

Single parents who apply to the Child Maintenance Service for financial assistance will no longer have to pay the £20 fee if they can demonstrate that they witnessed the abuse of their children. The Department for Work and Pensions has amended its rules to include seeing child abuse committed by a current or former partner…

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MIAMS, adoption and more

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June 30, 2017 6 comments

family law

A week in family law In 2016 over 60 per cent of couples did not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before applying for a court order to settle disputes over parenting, finance and property, according to figures obtained by the charity National Family Mediation (NFM). The requirement to attend a MIAM before…

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Does Gingerbread have a monopoly on the argument?

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June 30, 2017 26 comments

finances and divorce

In an article in The Times this week headlined Fathers use elaborate tricks to avoid paying child support we hear the same one sided story from ‘single parent’ charity Gingerbread that men are feckless ‘high-rollers’ who care nothing for their children and create elaborate financial scams to defraud the hapless child maintenance and tax authorities…

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