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Child Support in Action

By: Gwynn Davis, N Wikeley, Richard Young
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Published: 01-04-1998
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 224
ISBN: 9781901362701
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £41.99
 

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About Child Support in Action

This book presents a wholly new perspective on the Child Support Agency. The authors were granted privileged access to the CSA's own staff and were thus able to monitor case conduct from both the Agency and the client perspective. In a gripping analysis they compare the accounts of former husbands and wives with those of their respective legal advisers,and, critically, they incorporate the experience and views of the beleaguered CSA staff who attempted to calculate and enforce child maintenance obligations in those same cases. The media picture of the misery visited upon 'absent fathers' is borne out in part, but even more striking is the authors' account of a catastrophic administrative failure which led to the abandonment of many of the basic tenets of administrative justice. The reasons do not lie in the perceived unfairness of the formula but rather in the failure of those drafting the Child Support legislation to appreciate the impact of such change upon the rest of our hugely complex benefit structure. Their failure to grasp that the problems of inadequate disclosure and ineffective enforcement - with which courts had grappled for decades - could not be tackled effectively by a distant bureaucracy.

Table Of Contents

CHAPTER 1: THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY

CHAPTER 2: THE FORMULA

CHAPTER 3: CHILD SUPPORT, SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE LONE PARENT FAMILY

CHAPTER 4: INSIDE THE CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY

CHAPTER 5: THE CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PARENTS

CHAPTER 6: REDRESSING GRIEVANCES THROUGH SECOND-TIER REVIEWS

CHAPTER 7: THE CHILD SUPPORT APPEAL TRIBUNALS

CHAPTER 8: LAWYERS AND COURTS

CHAPTER 9: RELATIONSHIPS AND NEGOTIATIONS

CHAPTER 10: CONCLUSION

Reviews

“[an] in-depth and well-rounded study. Where the book adds to our knowledge derives from the legal and quasi-legal questions which the research addressed and from its almost unique insights inside the company.” –  Professor Gary Craig, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law

“This book should become, if it is not already, required reading for all those engaged in attempting to rectify the failings of the current systema delight to readthe findings will command wide respect and support.” –  Gillian Douglas, Journal of Social Security Law

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