Posted on 6th November 2007

Family Lawyer Welcomes New Child Support Bill

Judith Middleton, family lawyer at Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks, and a member of, and spokesperson for, the national family law group, Resolution, which has long been campaigning for changes to the child support system has welcomed todays confirmation in the Queens Speech that the CSA is to be scrapped. The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill will see a new body established to ensure absent parents pay maintenance for their children. Under the legislation, the failed Child Support Agency will be replaced by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. The new commission will be able to subject non-payers to curfews, as well as take cash from their bank account and confiscate their passports. The law also changes the way maintenance payments are calculated by using gross weekly income rather than net and allows data-sharing with credit reference agencies.