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Child Support

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ISBN13: 9780851219936
ISBN: 0851219934
Published: May 1993
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

In April 1993 the Child Support Agency created under the Child Support Act 1991 became operational. The Act radically affects the support and maintenance of ""qualifying children"" from all financial backgrounds, and is a potential minefield for the family lawyer.;""Child Support"" explains the Agency's remit, powers, and methods so that practitioners can correctly assess a client's claim first time around. It offers a totally practical approach to the new formula, its mechanics and application.;The book also explains the Agency structure for a complete picture of all parties involved and of their responsibilities. To complete the coverage, full references are made to the phasing in of transitional provisions, jurisdictional changes and new rules of Court so far published and those in draft.;It explains every step in the claiming process, including: the Agency's powers to obtain information from different sources; how the Agency calculates the proportion of child support to be paid by an absent parent. It explains each element of the formula and provides worked examples for Schedule 1 of the Act and the Assessment and special Cases Regulations. It includes expected client questions with suggested answers.

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Part 1 The framework of the Act: definitions and principles; jurisdiction of the Child Support Agency and the courts and related matters; the administrative structure.
Part 2 Powers of child support officers and the Secretary of State: applications for maintenance, multiple applications and interim maintenance assessment; provision and disclosure of information; collection of maintenance and enforcement; arrears, interest on arrears and adjustment of child maintenance; notifications and reviews of assessment; beginning and end of maintenance assessments and maintenance; reduced benefit directions.
Part 3 The formula-mechanics and applications: the maintenance requirement and the general rule; the basic element and additional elements; assessable income; protected and disposable income; housing costs; special cases.
Part 4 The Act at work: concerns of clients and practitioners; jurisdiction changes from 1993; the appeals procedure - child support appeal tribunals; the appeals procedure - child suppport commissioners; representation of clients; questions and answers. Appendices: schedule of proposed social security benefit rates from 1993 (weekly rates); proposed take-on table of the Child Support Agency; apportionment of housing costs.