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Grant CMS more powers to recoup unpaid child maintenance

Submitted by Kevin McCrady on Saturday 20th January 2024

Published on Thursday 1st February 2024

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 1st August 2024

Current Signatures: 29
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Grant CMS more powers to recoup unpaid child maintenance

Petition Details

I think that the Child Maintenance Service should have greater powers to recoup child maintenance without needing a court order. If methods such as deductions from earnings fail, the CMS can apply to the court for harsher measures such as employing bailiffs to seize goods.

Additional Information

I think that the CMS should be able to move to stronger measures without a court order. This might help prevent custodial parents facing financial hardship as they have to won't have to wait for court approval for use of stronger measures. I think the current system is not fit for purpose and entirely flawed in favour of the non-paying parent.

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