A plea for a simpler child maintenance system

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January 9, 2018 8 comments

family law

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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Behaviour and the limits of court power

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September 4, 2017 7 comments

family life

I wanted to expand upon something that I have mentioned in a couple of posts here recently, something with which some have taken exception. I have said that the courts can’t force parties to behave in a reasonable fashion. This is something that relates to all types of family proceedings, but is I think particularly…

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Does Gingerbread have a monopoly on the argument?

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June 30, 2017 26 comments

finances and divorce

In an article in The Times this week headlined Fathers use elaborate tricks to avoid paying child support we hear the same one sided story from ‘single parent’ charity Gingerbread that men are feckless ‘high-rollers’ who care nothing for their children and create elaborate financial scams to defraud the hapless child maintenance and tax authorities…

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Hindering contact is ‘coercive control’

May 4, 2017 21 comments

family law

Making life difficult for non-resident parents is a form of coercive control, a fathers group has claimed in a response to draft legislation. The Domestic Abuse Scotland Bill, currently under consideration by Hollyrood would outlaw behaviour deemed to be “abusive of the person’s partner or ex-partner”. Its provisions include so-called ‘coercive control’ – i.e. threats,…

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