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Divorce Law


Distribution of Family Assets after Divorce


Divorce Procedure

Divorce Law for the UK and India

Divorce and Family Businesses

Changes After Divorce

Grounds For Divorce

Maintenance Pending Suit

Pensions and Divorce Settlements

Divorce and Pension Rights


Cohabitation Agreements

Public Funding in Family Law Cases


Pre-divorce Maintenance Orders

Maintenance Orders

Access to Children

Child Contact Orders

Child Support Agency Making Parents  Pay

Residence Orders for Children

Prohibited Steps and Specific Issues Orders

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How to make sure that a parent pays?

The Child Support Agency (CSA) set up under the Child Support Act of 1991 ensures that parents who live apart meet their financial responsibilities to their children. It is part of the Department for Work and Pensions.  

What the CSA does

The Child Support Agency calculates the amount that ‘non-resident’ parents (the parents who do not have active care of the children) should pay towards the maintenance of their children. It also collects the maintenance payments and passes them on to the parents who have care for the children. If, in case, parents share care, the parent who has the children for the shorter period is counted as the non-resident parent.

Powers to Investigate

The Child Support Agency has investigative powers to trace and contact a non-resident parent, as well as power to obtain detailed information about the parent’s income and capital.

When parents do not pay, the Child Support Agency can have payments deducted from their wages. Where parents receive social security benefits, it works with other branches of government to ensure correct payments and to protect against fraud. The Child Support Agency can also resolve paternity disputes if a man believes that he is not a child’s father. 

How Payments are Calculated


Family Abandoned with No Funds

Liability to Support someone else’s Children

Father Wishes to Cut Maintenance

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