Thursday, May 2, 2013
From Family Law Week:
The Child Support system has been in a state of continuous revolution
since its inception, and this shows no sign of stopping. A somewhat
telling example of this is the name. In 2008 the Child Support Agency
(CSA) was re-branded as the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission
(CMEC). One rather suspects that it was hoped that this would symbolise
the beginning of a new more efficient era. However, rather like the
Consignia/Royal Mail debacle, the change of name fooled nobody, but
confused many. In Summer 2012 CMEC was abolished, and the name was
changed back to the CSA again.
This article is about the new 'gross income' scheme. As will be seen, this is currently only in force for a tiny minority of new applicants ('the pilot group'). However, it is likely that the gross income scheme will be brought in for all new applicants at some future date. Therefore, practitioners have an element of choice: they could advise clients to wait for the gross income scheme to come into force for all applicants before they approach the CSA for a maintenance calculation, or, alternatively, they could advise clients to apply now in order to get into the current 'net income' scheme before it ends.
Read more here.