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Government makes pledge on child maintenance arrears

The Minister in charge of the child maintenance system has promised intensive action against irresponsible parents who have failed to support their children after separation.

It comes as new figures show sharp increases in the use of key enforcement powers against parents who refuse to pay. Deduction Orders - where money is removed directly from debtor’s accounts - have trebled since 2009. Driving disqualifications for non-payment have risen eightfold since 2008.

Child Support Agency data also shows that more than 5,000 past and current CSA cases are over £50,000 in arrears.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller:

“These shocking figures underline the long- term failure of a system that has let down countless families. We are now taking tougher action against those who have refused to pay. All parents who are still owed CSA arrears can be assured that we will take all reasonable steps to recover this money for them.

John is a partner with Austin Lafferty Ltd and has been with the firm for over 10 years. He has experience in all areas of family law, including divorce and separation, adoption and contact. John believes in amicable negotiation in all his cases. This would apply both in assisting clients in finding suitable arrangements for any children and also in cases where financial settlement is the main issue of concern. In addition, John assists in legal matters relating to the death of a family member or friend, advising on the various processes required depending on whether or not the deceased made a will. He also provides advice on all aspects of conveyancing from buying a house, remortgaging or selling a property.

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