Scottish MP suggests minutes of agreement the answer for child support
Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 8:35PM
FNF Scotland in CMEC, Sheila Gilmore MP, child support, maintenance
Sheila Gilmore MP  Edinburgh MP Sheila Gilmore's suggestion that Scottish Minutes of Agreement could be useful throughout the whole of the UK met with support during a recent House of Commons debate on child support (from column 107WH)

In Scotland separating parents can enter into a minute of agreement which is registered with the court.  This is enforceable for a year, and prevents either party form seeking maintenance through a child support assessment.

Sheila suggested that this procedure could be applied n the rest of the UK, and that agreements could last for longer than one year.

The Commons debate came as we await final details of the new child maintenance scheme.  One change took place at the start of August, when the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission was 're-absorbed'into the Department of Work and Pensions.

Many more changes to come, including a decision on the name of the new maintenance service - how about calling it the Child Support Agency?

Article originally appeared on Families Need Fathers Scotland (http://www.fnfscotland.org.uk/).
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