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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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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Needs, money, maintenance and more

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May 19, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Week In Family Law A multi-millionaire husband who was ordered to pay his wife the sum of £4.25 million after just 23 months of marriage has failed to have the award overturned on appeal. The husband, who is worth about £37 million, appealed against the award, claiming that it was more than was required…

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