Thank you to everyone who responded to our last survey on FNF services and priorities. We will publish more details of your responses separately, but it is clear that the four issues that rank the highest (first choices) in the concerns of the 441 of you who participated are:
Parental alienation 23.7%
False allegations 21.2%
Enforcement of contact orders 18.9%
Shared parenting 17.0%
We are addressing these issues with CAFCASS and the Judiciary and will also seek your support separately in contacting relevant politicians.
FNF CHILD MAINTENANCE SURVEY
Meanwhile, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee has launched a public inquiry into child maintenance and the workings of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). The role of the select committee is to hold the government to account. FNF will submit a formal response at the end of this month to assist them. Please help us by answering the survey we have put together that will enrich our response.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE?
Once you have completed this survey, you may also wish to contribute directly to this inquiry by the Work and Pensions Select Committee in your own right. For details see Child Maintenance Service inquiry page. The Select Committee is likely to be pleased to receive responses from individuals as well as from representative bodies such as FNF. If you are replying on your own behalf please consider the following:
Don't make it too long - perhaps a page or so.
You don't have to answer all the questions.
Use your personal experience - e.g. if you can't get by after you've paid your maintenance, say so.
Try to focus on the things that this consultation can affect rather than the things it can't - the focus is on the child maintenance service or factors that affect it or are affected by it directly.
Any broader issues that affect your ability to support your children might be raised under the questions that asks 'What problems do parents face?' - this may be a good one to raise any difficulties and hardships you experience that impact on your ability to support your children e.g. cost of accommodation to enable you to have your children stay overnight, cost of travel for contact, your income compared to your ex's, etc.
Any submissions to the inquiry must be made by the new later deadline of 30th September 2016.
If you wish, you may copy us on your individual submission. Your stories are valuable to us.
Thank you from the Team at FNF!
Families Need Fathers - because both parents matter - 2016 - Our 42nd year