Family Law News

For free initial advice on all aspects of family law contact us today.

Child Maintenance: New Collection Fees and Enforcement Charges

On the 30th of June this year, the Government introduced new application fees and enforcement charges for people wishing to use the Child Maintenance Service’s Collect and Pay system. The new fees came into force on the 11th of August.

Continue reading
1552 Hits

Launch of New Child Maintenance System Ensures Fairness and Encourages Co-operation

The new child Maintenance system, launched 30 June 2014, is designed to encourage families to work together whilst maintaining a subsidised service for those who need it most.

The previous system under the Child Support agency will be phased out over the next 3 years as its current cases gradually close. Parents will now be able to choose between making arrangements for child maintenance amongst themselves or using the new Child Maintenance service.

A one-off £20 application fee to use the Child Maintenance Service has been introduced, as well as enforcement charges of up to £300 for parents who have to be pursued for Child Maintenance.

Parents who chose to use the Direct Pay service to set up direct payments between the parents will pay no ongoing fees. The Department for Work and Pensions released figures which show that, already, 39% of parents within the Child Maintenance Service are using Direct Pay. The alternative is having the state collect and pay maintenance on their behalf - for which there will be an ongoing fee to be introduced in August this year.

The aim of the ongoing charges for parents who want the state to collect and pay maintenance on their behalf is to encourage parents to work together to make their own arrangements, freeing up the Child Maintenance Service to concentrate on the most challenging cases and get the money flowing where it hasn’t in the past.

Contact Our Specialist Family Law Solicitors

If you need specialist advice on child maintenance or any family law matter then call us on 0151 909 5811 or click here to make an online enquiry.

...
Continue reading
727 Hits

Minister proposes end to child maintenance exemptions

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller promised a new child maintenance system that was "fairer for children" as she announced proposals to remove the exemption from maintenance liability for some part-time public servants.

Continue reading
1443 Hits
0 Comments

Proposals for new child maintenance scheme

Detailed proposals for the new statutory child maintenance scheme have been published, which include plans to increase the amount of maintenance paid by parents on state benefits and others declaring low incomes.

Continue reading
2584 Hits
0 Comments

Child maintenance can help address child poverty

Recent research by single parent charity Gingerbread has found that thousands of families could be helped out of poverty if there were a greater number of effective child maintenance agreements in place.

Continue reading
1546 Hits
0 Comments

Child maintenance reforms to hit thousands of children

New survey results show that almost half of single parents currently using the Child Support Agency – as polled by charity Gingerbread - could not afford to pay the fees proposed to access the new child maintenance service.

Continue reading
1437 Hits
0 Comments

Flaws in child maintenance proposals, say charities

UK charities Gingerbread and Barnardo’s are highlighting research evaluating the Child Maintenance Options Service which supports their concerns around Government proposals to charge parents up to £100 for access to the Child Support Agency (CSA).

Continue reading
2634 Hits
0 Comments

CSA cracks down on non-paying parents

Recent figures released by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission have revealed that a record 868,700 children are receiving maintenance payments through the Child Support Agency (CSA).

Continue reading
1259 Hits
0 Comments

CSA quarterly statistics show stable performance

Recent figures released by the Child Support Agency (CSA) show that the Agency gave a stable performance in the final quarter of the last financial year.

Continue reading
6395 Hits
0 Comments

Appointment of new Child Maintenance Commissioner

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) has announced that Noel Shanahan has been appointed as Commissioner and Chief Executive to replace Stephen Geraghty.

Continue reading
2631 Hits
0 Comments

Enforcement effort helps keep child maintenance flowing

Recent figures released by the Child Support Agency (CSA) show continuing improvement in its overall performance levels.

Continue reading
5965 Hits
0 Comments