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CMS Consultation : Powers of entry and information

* The deadline is Monday 11th February at 2 pm *

CMS is consulting on a proposal relating to Powers of Entry(a) and Information(b).

Details of the consultation can be found here

"Powers of Entry" already exist. Under this proposal, CMS would obtain a warrant to enter premises when seeking information that may assist them in determining or enforcing Child Maintenance Assessments.

The "Information" proposal deals with extending powers to seek information about a paying parent from their mortgage lender or pension provider, not least to assess what assets they have and how much equity there is in their property.

Read More for FNF's Analysis and views on the proposals and details for submissions to the consultation...

The first proposal, on the face of it, seems to provide modest new safeguards to privacy through judicial oversight. It may also make it easier to enter premises and a warrant could become a 'rubber stamping' exercise. It does not address the issue of whether the assessments made in the first place were fair or reasonable. 

The second proposal extends powers further, again without first reviewing the current unfair formula for child maintenance. It focuses on enforcing historic failures to pay Child Maintenance using a Charging Order or an Order For Sale (of a property). The consultation says that this will affect fewer than 300 cases a year. This proposal raises a number of concerns:

  • It does not stipulate what criteria will be used to determine the cases where such reviews might be requested, so once the powers are granted they could be extended to thousands of cases.
  • Many people reach ‘clean break’ agreements in family courts. However, after 12 months CMS will disregard these if an application for an assessment of Child Maintenance is made. We don’t think such carefully reached agreements should be overturned in this was and as long as that is in place, consider these additional powers to be draconian and one-sided.
  • The data obtained will be used for the evaluation of income from notional assets which under changes introduced in December 2018 assumes an unrealistic 8% return for calculating Child Maintenance. 
  • CMS and CSA have a history of getting things wrong and forcing a sale of someone’s house is a major thing to do if it turns out that the assessment was incorrect.
  • These 300 cases a year will drain energy into high net worth cases rather than putting resources into enabling the vast majority of separated parents to better support their children.
  • The proposals seek to strengthen enforcement of payments using an unfair formula, not least in relation to shared parenting. In situations where care of children is more-or-less equal, one parent is still required to pay maintenance, irrespective of each parent’s income. Reductions in assessments make a 1/7 reduction for each night a child spends with the paying parent. A fair assessment would make a reduction of 2/7 per night so that 50/50 care meant that neither parent is assessed for any Child Maintenance as they both take equal care of their children. We cannot support further enforcement of a formula that is so fundamentally wrong.

Please submit your individual response to the consultation by Monday 11th February 2019 at 2 pm.

Responses may be sent by email to policy.development@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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  • International Parental Alienation Awareness Day is tomorrow. It is an opportunity to make this terrible phenomena visible so it can be properly addressed. A demonstration is taking place tomorrow as part of this. Please support us and the cause of stopping this abuse by sharing our posts, following us or registering with us.
  • A case of parental alienation that started in 2012 finally led to the child living with his dad last year when professionals and the court accepted that the manipulation and hate would not end otherwise. The court report is published after the mother lost her attempt last week to appeal the judgement of the court in yet another attempt to exclude the father from their son's life. The mother had a QC to represent her while the father was a litigant in person. A ray of hope as International Parental Alienation Awareness Day approaches on 25th April. Please support our work by sharing and liking this post, following us, supporting the parental alienation petition below, registering with us for free, becoming a member or making a donation. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/22/boy-must-leave-mother-hateful-feelings-father-judge-rules
  • Domestic violence (DV) research to be published in Canada - concludes that the "gender lens" is counter-productive to families and DV is "largely gender symmetric", Authorities such as the police demonstrate "gender asymmetry" e.g. police arresting fathers who allege abuse whilst ignoring their complaints/suffering. This article concludes that collaboration is needed to eliminate all forms of violence and transform family support. Allegations of abuse are often part of the weaponry of alienating parents. 25th April is International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Please support us by signing the petition pinned to the top of our Facebook page/below, by following us, sharing post, liking, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/trottier-wheres-the-support-for-male-victims-of-domestic-violence
  • “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly" - part of the short announcement that Adele and Simon Konecki have separated. Family separations are challenging and it is therefore vital that the importance to the child retaining a loving relationship with both parents comes first. We wish Adele, Simon and their son, Angelo, well in the coming months and years. FNF work to support parents retaining meaningful parenting relationships after family separation because both parents matter. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8902351/adele-and-husband-simon-konecki-split/
  • Case law is reflecting the diversity of family life today in giving a co-parent of surrogacy Parental Responsibility to help create a secure future for 'N' as reported in today's Times. No such luck on Child Maintenance which still fails to recognise the responsibilities of non-biological parents - one of it's many failings. (Most of the article is behind a paywall, but a link to the full judgement is in the comments below.) Help us to support separating parents and to get reform of Family Justice, welfare and Child Maintenance to truly support children maintain their parents in their lives. Please follow us, share our posts, like them, register with us for free, become a member or make a donation. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/gay-man-wins-parental-rights-over-surrogate-child-after-split-njk2nz0kd
  • "She is instilling hate in one of the few people who will always love them unconditionally, who is always going to hug them.” the father of daughters abducted to Ukraine told The Times. "Papa is bad" said the daughter. Abduction is a feature of alienation, as is moving to hundreds of miles to frustrate relationships. Such shocking alienation can affect parents regardless of whether they are poor or multi-millionaires as in the case reported this week..25th April is International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. To support our work and stop this abuse please share this, follow us, like this post, register with us for free, become a member or make a donation. You can also sign the petition pinned to the top of our Facebook page to formally recognise such abusive behaviour as a crime. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47372935

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