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CMEC round-up

  • CMEC round-up

    In a CMEC stats bonus, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has published findings from not one but two surveys:

    Some of the findings were:

    • 25% of parents who had used the Child Maintenance Options service between July 2008 and January 2010 had an arrangement which included regular financial payments;
    • 16% had an arrangement based on ad-hoc support only;
    • 23% had both regular financial payments and ad-hoc support; and
    • 37% did not have an arrangement.
    • Of those with regular financial payments, 48%had an arrangement set up via the CSA, 48% had a family-based arrangement and 4% had an arrangement set up via the courts.
    • Almost three-quarters of those with regular financial payments received or paid all or some of their child maintenance. Of those, 77% received or paid their payments always or usually on time.
    • Of those without a child maintenance arrangement, 63% said they were not likely to make a child maintenance arrangement in the future with the most common reasons for not having an arrangement being:

    o they did not have or want any contact with the other parent;

    o they did not know where the other parent was living;

    o there was a domestic violence issue.

    Is the presumption of shared care back on the political agenda?

    The Daily Telegraph (fast becoming the media lead on family law stories) has reported that the government is drawing up plans to place a legal duty on courts to ensure that both parents are given equal contact with their children. The presumption of shared care was of course dropped by David Norgrove in the Family Justice Review last year. However, the paper has also reported that the plans will face opposition from senior ministers - including Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary.

News, published: 03/02/2012

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Published: 03/02/2012

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