Child maintenance statistics, online divorce and more

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February 2, 2018 4 comments

family law

A week in family law We begin with the release of the latest child support/maintenance statistics by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). These statistics, which relate to the three months up to the end of September 2017, concern child maintenance arrangements made after parents spoke to the Child Maintenance Options (CMO) service. For…

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‘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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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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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 announces child maintenance ‘clampdown’

October 31, 2017 16 comments

money

The government has announced a new measure to prevent parents avoiding child maintenance payments. At the moment, child maintenance payments can only be claimed from a bank or building society account held in the paying parent’s sole name. As a result, some parents who do not wish to make the required payments will put their…

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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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