Family lawyers welcome child maintenance improvements but says further improvement still needed

News Release

24 Feb 2010

For immediate release: 24 February 2010

Commenting on release of the Work and Pensions Committee's report into the Child Maintenance operational improvement plan, Resolution an association of 5,500 family lawyers, agreed that the new system is now delivering a better service to parents and children.

James Pirrie, Chair of Resolution's Child Maintenance Committee said: "clients of the child support services of the Commission now routinely experience a much improved service. But it is a real pity that so many families suffered through previous attempts to develop a workable system.

"However the system cannot be called a success simply because it deals efficiently with the bulk of its cases.

"In particular there are still many families trapped under the old rules system and far too many cases involving high debt remain unresolved. In addition, current statistics suggest that only about half of non-resident parents are actually paying the full amount they should.

"Much more is still needed and the Commission must continue to develop and improve the service it provides."

Notes to Editors

Resolution is a group of over 5500 family lawyers in England and Wales. Established 25 years ago, it promotes a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes. To find out more, visit


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Teresa Richardson, Resolution Head of Communications: 0203 195 0190

Leonora Merry, Resolution Communications Officer: 0203 195 0191