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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Voluntary child support statistics released

May 18, 2017 21 comments

child maintenance

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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How secure will the online court be?

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May 10, 2017 3 comments

deprivation of liberty

OK, I should begin this post by saying that I am not au fait with the technicalities of the proposed online court, and much of what I am about to say may therefore be complete rubbish, but something I read recently set off some concerns about just how secure the ‘court’ will be. What I…

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Child Maintenance Service must be less ‘tentative’

May 2, 2017 43 comments

fostering and adoption

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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A sad tale of a father pushed to the limit

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April 3, 2017 17 comments

family law

I have always been a stickler for parents meeting their financial obligations towards their children, but sometimes it is easy to overlook that parents are human beings, often trying to cope with very difficult circumstances, and different people can be affected in different ways. Strict rules can lead to consequences that can push people to,…

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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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