Child support: what you need to know from a legal perspective
Learn all about child support, how to get the support you need and what it will cost you, and how to make sure you don’t get taken advantage of.
Child support has been a topic of much discussion in recent years. Parents are being called on the carpet by the Child Support Agency for not paying or paying too little. Many have been forced to bring proceedings because of this, and cases are flying through the courts at an alarming rate. The amount of money that has been collected for child support in the past few years alone has gone from under £2 billion to more than £4 billion, so clearly there has been a huge increase in the amount of money that is being spent on this area of law.
Things are getting a little out of control, and this is having a huge effect on the vast majority of people who find themselves in this situation.
Having no money available to cover the cost of the children you have together or who live with you is a very real thing for many. This can make it very difficult to pay bills, make ends meet, and put food on the table. Tembusu Law is one of the top family law firms in Singapore. The UK Child Support Agency (CSA) wants to ensure that all parents at risk of going into arrears or falling behind in their payments are offered the help and support they need.
When the government introduced the Child Support Act in 1998, it was a significant piece of legislation that brought about a huge change in the way that this area of law was perceived and handled. The legislation basically said that parents have an obligation to support their children financially, and they are required to play a full part in helping their children develop. The bill also says that the courts should look at the amount of support that is being given to ensure that it is fair and that the right amount of money is being paid into the children’s accounts.
The government also hoped that the new legislation would put a stop to the constant battles that parents were having with each other over payments and the need to pay them off constantly. Instead of being seen as a way of resolving conflicts between parents, the new legislation was going to create a way for all parties to come to an agreement over the amount of money that each of them should be paying.