Why do some fathers think they shouldn’t pay child maintenance?

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July 5, 2017 40 comments

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The four billion pound question* Last week the single parent charity Gingerbread published a report in which it described how many parents avoided their liability for child maintenance, due to ‘loopholes’ in the system. Gingerbread acknowledged that not all of these parents were ‘maintenance dodgers’, reneging on the responsibility every parent has to contribute to…

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Loopholes ‘depriving single parents of child support’

June 26, 2017 19 comments

finances and divorce

‘Loopholes’ mean too many absent parents are not paying their dues, single parent charity Gingerbread has claimed. In a new report entitled Children Deserve More, Gingerbread insist that recent reforms to the child maintenance system have “prioritised administrative convenience over all other concerns” and “desperate” parents with care are being let down by an unhelpful…

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Child maintenance backlog exceeds £3.8 billion

March 20, 2017 25 comments

finances and divorce

The amount of uncollected child maintenance in Britain now exceeds £3.8 billion, the BBC has claimed. The figure, highlighted on Victoria Derbyshire show, is based on collated government statistics and dates back 23 years. An estimated 1.2 million parents with care of their children are currently owed child support payments by their former partners. According…

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Family law in 2016: the bad bits

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December 21, 2016 1 comment

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It is traditional at this time of year to write a review of all that has gone on over the previous twelve months. On this occasion I thought I would try something a little different from the usual chronology of important events. Instead of just trawling through those events in a couple of posts I…

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Government promises are ‘not enough’ for single parents

November 25, 2016 15 comments

family law

The promises made by the government in this week’s Autumn Statement are not enough to help struggling families, a charity has claimed. Single parent organisation Gingerbread has said that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond “missed a crucial opportunity” to help single parent families. Measures announced during the Statement included an increase in the national…

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Millions owed to single parents in child maintenance

October 26, 2016 9 comments

family law

Single parents in the UK are owed millions of pounds in child maintenance, a new study suggests. Campaign charity Gingerbread claims that as much as £6 million is owed to such parents in West Yorkshire, Grimsby, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Telford alone. The organisation maintains that the average amount of unpaid child maintenance is more…

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