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 … Continue reading

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Is £20 fee the reason for dramatic drop in applications for child maintenance help?

Thousands of parents are turning their backs on the government’s new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) We expressed our concern back in July when the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) spoke out against the replacement for the Child Support Agency … Continue reading

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Can’t pay or won’t pay? – what to do when your ex stops maintenance

By Peter Jones, Founder and Partner Former oil trader Michael Prest has hit the headlines after being given a four week suspended jail sentence for failing to pay his ex-wife maintenance worth £360,000. The High Court ruled that the 53-year-old, … Continue reading

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Child Maintenance – all you ever needed to know

By Norman Taylor, Collaborative Family Lawyer The UK’s sixth largest union has hit out against the government’s Child Maintenance Service (CMS) condemning moves to charge parents a fee to access its help. Jayne Craven, industrial officer for the Public and … Continue reading

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Pay up or no payout – would you pay the CSA?

Should parents who split up be forced to pay for the ‘privilege’ of having their child maintenance issues resolved? The government plans to charge single parents for using the services of CMEC, the body that oversees the Child Support Agency … Continue reading

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