The government has announced a new measure to prevent parents avoiding child maintenance payments.
At the moment, child maintenance payments can only be claimed from a bank or building society account held in the paying parent’s sole name. As a result, some parents who do not wish to make the required payments will put their money in a joint account with a new partner.
This week, the Department for Work and Pensions announced that a new law will soon be introduced which will allow child maintenance debts to be taken from joint accounts as well. They claim that closing this particular loophole could lead to more than £390,000 in additional maintenance being collected from around the country.
Caroline Dinenage MP, the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, said that while only “a small minority of parents try to cheat their way out of paying towards their children”, the new measure would be “another tool to tackle those who do”.
The new system is expected to go into effect early next year.
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