Why the dinosaurs’ days are numbered in the current child support system

By Peter Jones, founder

A senior judge’s call for parents with valuable homes to be forced to pay more child support highlights a loophole in the system which is criticised as being unfair and does not put children’s interests first.

Since 2012, child maintenance payments have been based on income only, with assets not included in calculations by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), which decides the rate. This means that people can live off their capital, declare a low income and pay minimal child support.

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We’re marking further expansion with a new office in Harrogate

Milestone expansion: our new office will be based at Windsor House.

Having worked with divorcing and separating couples for many years, as a firm we understand that it is no cliché to describe the process as one of the most stressful in life – up there with bereavement and moving home.

Jones Myers’ new office in Harrogate will enable us to help more clients who are undergoing relationship breakdowns and seeking assistance with issues relating to children, finances and future planning.

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Should all judges compile a ‘Dear Sam’ letter when putting children’s interests first?

A senior judge’s highly unusual move in explaining to a 14-year-old boy in a letter his decision why the child could not live with his father will have touched the hearts and minds of all parents.

Typically, judges produce a written ruling, In this case, Mr Justice Peter Jackson’s extraordinary action to compose a letter was made after the teenager, to whom he gave the pseudonym ‘Sam’, had given evidence and left for a school outing before the hearing had finished.

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A formula for cohabiting couples to protect their finances

By Peter Jones, founder

Cohabiting couples are calling for a change in the law to give them the same rights as married couples.

The findings of the latest in a series of surveys reinforce a lack of understanding among this fastest growing family type which makes up 17.5 per cent of families in the UK and which is forecast to keep growing due to the revival of the property market. Continue reading

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More child maintenance loopholes reinforce why family courts should rule on payments

By Peter Jones, founder

A new report has prompted fresh concerns about the systems that are supposed to ensure children receive maintenance payments they are entitled to.

Family law charity, Gingerbread has claimed that loopholes in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) allow non-UK residents to pay only part of their liabilities.

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Where there’s a will : why education not modernisation is the solution

By Martin Holdsworth, head of the contentious wills, trust & estates team

A consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales on whether wills law should be brought into the “modern world” has reignited a long-running debate.

The independent body says that 40% of people who die each year do so without a will, having been put off by strict formality rules. It is now considering allowing texts, emails and other electronic communications to be recognised as a valid will. Continue reading

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Steps to take if your ex won’t provide details of the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of a pension

 

Our latest guest blog on The Divorce Magazine asks what you need to do if your ex won’t provide details of the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of a pension.

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How separated parents can take the heat out of summer holidays planning

For ex-spouses who are divorced or separated, planning a timetable to ensure their children’s break is memorable for all the right reasons can be even more challenging.

We have compiled six tips to keep stress to a minimum for you and your ex when the temperatures soar.

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Why we’re backing a fantastic family charity event for Father’s Day

Jones Myers is supporting a star-studded charity benefit event on Father’s Day which is boosting awareness for an inspirational charity.

Headlined by showbiz legends Cannon and Ball, the vibrant evening of family entertainment at Harrogate Theatre is a fundraiser for Shine  which provides specialist support for individuals and families who face the challenges of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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Undergoing divorce? – How to emerge with a smile

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If you’re going through a painful parting, the concept of a happy and successful divorce may appear beyond the realms of possibility when you feel that your world is collapsing around you.

While the importance of being able to call on someone of sound judgement during a breakup is invaluable, not everyone has a close, reliable network of family and friends to help them.

This is why we champion a holistic approach comprising suitably trained lawyers, life coaches and financial advisers (as the case requires). This specialist support group understands the grieving process and works as a team to help manage each part of the jig-saw in a vital planning process. Continue reading

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