‘Family based’ arrangements working well says government

January 27, 2018 2 comments

child support

The overwhelming majority of ‘family-based arrangements’ between divorced parents work smoothly, the government has claimed. ‘Family-based arrangements’ are voluntary agreements between parents to pay child maintenance. They contrast with ‘statutory’ arrangements, in which the government intervenes and enforces payment on recalcitrant parents. According to new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, 85 per…

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A plea for a simpler child maintenance system

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January 9, 2018 24 comments

family law

Or maybe just return to the old system… I’ve often argued here against the child support maintenance system, and in favour of the return to the old court-based system of determining child maintenance. My main reasons for this are the unfairness of a rigid formula-based system and the staggering inefficiency of the child support system,…

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DWP publishes new guide to help for domestic abuse

January 8, 2018 11 comments

domestic violence

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new guide to the services they provide for victims of domestic abuse. It outlines the different benefits available to those who need them, such as housing benefit, jobseekers’ allowance and discretionary housing payments. It also explains the rules concerning child maintenance. The guidance notes begins by…

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