Loopholes in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) are allowing many absent parents to get away with not paying all that they should to support their children. New research by single parent charity Gingerbread reveals that many non-resident parents only pay a fraction of their true liability for child support due to flaws in the way parents’ income is calculated.
The CMS is responsible for assessing the income of non-resident parents and working out how much they have to pay to support their children. It is also responsible for enforcing the payments where necessary. The Child Maintenance Service was set up to replace the Child Services Agency (CSA), which was deemed to be failing parents and children. However, this new research suggests there are still significant flaws in the process for managing child maintenance payments.
How child maintenance payments are calculated