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Child Maintenance: The New Rules


Family Lawyers need to be aware of the new statutory rules so they can properly advise clients about any potential liability under the new “gross income” scheme. This seminar will focus on the new rules including transitional provisions, case-management, calculations and how a decision will impact a consent order in financial proceedings.

Part of the session will also include case studies so that participants can work through examples dealing with the following issues:

  • Who are the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and what happened to CMEC and the CSA?
  • How a calculation is reached on the basis of “gross” earned and unearned income
  • Are there any changes to variations I should know about?
  • How will older cases be treated and are there any transitional arrangements I should tell clients about?
  • How will a court order (by consent or otherwise) be affected by a decision of the CMS?
  • What happens for top-up and other orders made under Schedule 1, Children Act 1989?
  • Can the CSA enforce other forms of maintenance owed to a spouse?
  • When will clients be charged for making an application or enforcement? How much will that cost?
  • How a case is treated if there is evidence of domestic violence?
  • What do they mean by Family Based Arrangements and what do I advise clients about private agreements?
  • What happens if a CSA decision is in place and one parent moves abroad?
  • Has Resolution produced a fact-sheet for me to give clients?
1.5 hours
CPD points:
1.5 CPD
£24 (inc. VAT) Resolution members, £48 (inc. VAT) non-members
How to book:

Please download and complete the booking form and return with a cheque to Resolution Central Office PO BOX 302, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8QX or DX 154460 Petts Wood 3

Any queries please contact Central Office on 01689 820272 or

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