Strengthening Families, Promoting Parental Responsibility: the Future of Child Maintenance
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Strengthening Families, Promoting Parental Responsibility (Cm. 7990)' sets out the proposals for reforming and repositioning the services provided by the child maintenance system.
This includes the full range of support to parents based around separation to help them take the decisions that are in the best interest of both themselves and children.
The Government wants to encourage parents to draw on a range of support to help them reach family-based arrangements for child maintenance which will facilitate co-parenting and the ongoing involvement of both parents in children’s lives.
The main principles are:
a family-centred approach;
supporting families to take responsibility;
a reformed statutory system; and
protecting the most vulnerable.
The proposals include the introduction of a gateway to the statutory maintenance scheme; a package of support and, crucially, implementation of charges for statutory child maintenance services should individuals be unable to resolve the situation themselves.
There would also be provision of a maintenance calculation for an information only service.
Levels of charges are still being considered but an upfront £100 application charge and £20 - £25 for the calculation only service is being looked at.
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