Voluntary child support statistics released

May 18, 2017 21 comments

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Around 16,900 children now financially benefit from voluntary child maintenance arrangements between their parents, the government has announced. Officially known as ‘family based arrangements’, voluntary child support agreements contrast with situations in which the Child Maintenance Service intervenes and enforces payment from the non-resident parent, who is usually the father. The Child Maintenan ce Service…

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The Charlie Gard case, a CMS report and more

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May 5, 2017 2 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Charlie Gard case continues, with news that the parents are appealing the decision of Mr Justice Francis that doctors can withdraw life support from Charlie, allowing him to die with dignity. Charlie’s parents want to take him to the US for a treatment trial, and are therefore asking the…

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Child Maintenance Service must be less ‘tentative’

May 2, 2017 39 comments

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The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is too “tentative” in its approach to enforcement and must take a stronger approach to enforcement, MPs have insisted. The CMS was launched in 2012 as a replacement for the Child Support Agency (CSA). The idea was to encourage parents to deal directly with each other following a separation rather…

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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 25 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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