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6. Child Support  

Lara Walker

Child support in England and Wales is predominantly dealt with by the Child Support Act 1991. Many people believe that parents should provide support for their children, that separated parents should continue to provide support, and that single parents are entitled to support for the child from the non-resident parent (usually, but not always, the father). However, the difficult factor is finding a theoretical underpinning for this duty which is believed, by many, to exist. This chapter begins by looking at some of the theories on child support and problems associated with these theories. It then looks at the government policy on child support in order to establish whether the policy is built on any of these theories and, if so, how closely it actually relates to the theory.

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Cover Bromley's Family Law

7. Child Support  

N V Lowe, G Douglas, E Hitchings, and R Taylor

This chapter considers the law governing parents’ duty to provide financial support for their children. It discusses the key features of the child support regime and then examines the residual role of the courts to make financial provision orders for children. It also discusses private agreements between parents.

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Cover Concentrate Questions and Answers Family Law

7. Financial Remedies and Child Support  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam and assignment questions. Each book includes key debates, typical questions, diagram answer plans, suggested answers, author commentary, and tips to gain extra marks. This chapter deals with financial remedies during divorce, nullity and judicial separation proceedings, and child support. The first question is a problem question that requires discussion of financial support during marriage, financial orders on divorce and the factors contained in s. 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The second problem question focuses on financial orders on divorce and variation and appeal of financial orders. The third question is an essay question on the development of the law relating to pre-nuptial and post-nuptial contracts, whilst the final essay question focuses on child support, which is primarily regulated by the Child Support Act 1991.

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Cover Hayes & Williams' Family Law

6. Financial support for children  

This chapter discusses the law governing child support. Child support is regulated by one or more of several statutes depending on the circumstances: the Child Support Act 1991 (CSA 1991), as amended; Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989; the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973; and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. The applicability of the CSA 1991 in a particular case can limit to some extent the use of the other statutes mentioned.