‘Family based’ arrangements working well says government


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The overwhelming majority of ‘family-based arrangements’ between divorced parents work smoothly, the government has claimed.

‘Family-based arrangements’ are voluntary agreements between parents to pay child maintenance. They contrast with ‘statutory’ arrangements, in which the government intervenes and enforces payment on recalcitrant parents.

According to new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, 85 per cent of parents with existing family-based arrangements say they possess had no problems. The figure is based on a telephone survey of people who reached agreements with their ex-partners between May and July last year, following advice from Child Maintenance Options (CMO).

A total of 55,900 parents contacted CMO during those three months, and 75 per cent (41,800) had reached an agreement by September when the survey was conducted.

Of these, however, only 17 per cent were able to set up voluntary arrangements, however. Another eight per cent of survey participants had already set up a family based arrangement when they contacted CMO.

But of those, 87 per cent said they usually or always received their payments on time, while 93 per cent said they received all the due amount or most of it.

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