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The 2008 child support reform in the UK

Dadomo, Christian



The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 which received Royal Assent on 5 June 2008 aims to re-design the child support system as established in 1993 by the conservative government and amended under the Blair government. Both the original and the amended version of the system proved to be a failure.
With effect from 14 July 2008, the new Act notably abolished the former requirement that parents with care in receipt of state benefits must apply for child maintenance through the Child Support Agency (CSA).
It also replaced the inefficient and long criticised CSA with the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-MEC), which is now up and running.
One of the main principles upon which the new system is based is that the state should get involved only when parents cannot come to an agreement themselves or when one of them attempts to evade their responsibilities. The Act therefore encourages parents to make private maintenance arrangements for their children. However, these “voluntary maintenance agreements” are not legally binding.
The Act also makes a number of changes to the rules on child support maintenance calculations with the view to simplifying and improving the assessment process.


Dadomo, C. (2009, September). The 2008 child support reform in the UK. Paper presented at International Society of Family Law (ISFL) European Regional conference, Porto, Portugal

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name International Society of Family Law (ISFL) European Regional conference
Conference Location Porto, Portugal
Start Date Sep 10, 2009
End Date Sep 12, 2009
Acceptance Date Sep 5, 2009
Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords child support, UK
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Family solidarity versus social solidarity in an era of planetary crisis