Child Support @ MENZ Issues

By: Menz  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Child Support

More news from one of our members studying in the UK on the proactive approach to family law issues taking place there, making Britain a current world leader in family law reform.

Turning to the problematic issue of child support, the UK Government is acknowledging the failure of the current scheme which it says now costs the British tax payer £460m a year to run and says it is time to scrap the Child Support Agency.

The British Government believes the issue of complusory child support often drives a wedge between parents and their children and encourages conflict, it says  a settlement agreed independently is more likely to produce better outcomes for the child and inter-parental relations.  It wants to do away with the stick and help parents by offering a carrot instead.

Under the proposed new system, parents will be able to get initial help and information on the range of options available to them free of charge.  They can then decide whether to make their own arrangements, using the help they have received or to use the new statutory service for which there will be a charge.

In cases where either parent has suffered domestic violence, their case will be fast tracked directly onto the statutory service.

Costs could include an upfront application charge of around £100. Parents on benefits will pay a fee of £50, of which £20 will be paid upfront and the remainder in instalments. The Government seeks to justify the charge on the basis that it will encourage more parents to reach agreement together without automatically falling back on the state to resolve the issues.

Maria Miller, the Minister responsible for the consultation, says “Too often in the past the Child Support Agency has been used as a threat that can make the difficult time of separation worse instead of encouraging people to work together and take responsibility for their child.

“When couples split up they generally know what is best for them and their children without the state interfering. Thousands of parents are already working together to make their own maintenance arrangements without the help of the Agency and tell us these arrangements are working well.

“We want more people to come to their own maintenance arrangements which are in the best interest of the child and offer value to the taxpayer.”

The British Government also plans to scrap the Child Support Agency and replace it with a new more efficient statutory service for only those in most need and to tackle the minority of parents who refuse to pay any child support to the custodial parent.

Rule Bitannia! – Gerry H on behalf of the GerryMen Group.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Child Support

Other products and services from Menz

06-Dec-2011

Gender Politics @ MENZ Issues

Don Rowlands, 62, complained to the Human Rights Commission after he was not allowed to use the Appetite for Life programme, which aims to improve lifestyle and eating habits. The Appetite for Life course had not been tested with men and adapting it for them would require big changes, says CDHB planning and funding general manager Carolyn Gullery.


06-Dec-2011

Boys / Youth / Education @ MENZ Issues

Whilst the public debate about child abuse in NZ has been somewhat distracted by deaths and horrific injuries to a very small number of children, the overall social vandalism of larger numbers of children is perhaps more disabling, in the territory of emotional neglect. Our prison building programme illustrates a small fraction of the total cost.


06-Dec-2011

Domestic Violence @ MENZ Issues

The eight-minute video shows her confronting her son about misbehaving in school and lying, and then pouring hot sauce into the crying child’s mouth and not allowing him to spit it out for more than a minute. A US mother who poured hot sauce into the mouth of her seven-year-old son to punish the adopted Russian boy may face year-long jail sentence after being convicted of child abuse.


06-Dec-2011

Events @ MENZ Issues

Each breakfast has a star line-up of speakers, such as Nick Farr-Jones, Todd Blackadder, Sean Fitzpatrick, Stephen Tindall and Neil Finn. Being a Dad is the most important job a man can do, so we?re offering advice and support to fathers so they can do their job better. Technology entrepreneur* David McPhail ONZM. Rugby league legend* Ian Grant QSO. Attitude presenter for Parents Inc. Sir Gil Simpson KNZN, QSM.