A plea for a simpler child maintenance system

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January 9, 2018 8 comments

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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 10 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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A personal review of the year, part 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

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This continues my personal review of 2017. (The first part, covering the January to April, can be found in my post here yesterday). May: crazy My story choices for May are all about finances, the first two both about the extraordinary sums of money divorcing couples are prepared to spend arguing over who has what….

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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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Ability to earn does not mean no maintenance says court

November 6, 2017 0 comments

divorce

The ability to earn money does not mean a divorced wife has no right to maintenance payments from her ex-husband, the High Court of Mumbai has declared. Justices there were considering the case of an architect living in the Indian metropolis, who wanted to divorce her husband, who lives in Sweden with their two children….

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