The Not So Sad Demise of the CSA

09 May

The Child Maintenance Scheme came into existence in 2012. This was with a view to ending CSA arrangements for the payment of child maintenance by 2017. Indeed the process of ending the CSA arrangements started in early 2014.

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The Child Maintenance Scheme came into existence in 2012. This was with a view to ending CSA arrangements for the payment of child maintenance by 2017. Indeed the process of ending the CSA arrangements started in early 2014.

From now on parents are encouraged – in new applications and where there are CSA arrangements terminating – to either enter into a Child Maintenance Arrangement (CMA) or to apply to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). The application to the CMS costs £20 for the application and then a further percentage fee for the collection of payment of the maintenance – 20% from the paying parent and 4% from the receiving parent. No doubt with a view to ensuring that voluntary arrangements are financially attractive.

Information is set out on the DWP website under the address - cmoptions.org. This website contains various pages of interest to lawyers and parents alike. They include the transitional provisions for the CSA payers/receivers, leaflets and information about CMA and CMS along with an online calculator set out in an easy to use series of questions and enquiries.

Dylan Morgan

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