CMEC (Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission)


  • CSA 1991 - took jurisdiction for dealing with maintenance from courts (jnless Respondent earns too much.
  • Aim was to ensure parents contributed realistically to supporf of their children.
  • Various issues led to CSA being scrapped.
  • Major reforms including Child Support, Pensions and Socieal Security Act 2000 (CSPSSA 2000.
  • Qualifying child is biological child who is genearlly under 16.  Maintenance paid by non-resident parent to parent with care. 
  • Calculation under CSPSSA is relatively simple:

Gross weekly income determines rate to pay:

Basic rate (income in excess of £200 per week)

Flat rate

Nil rate (various low income or benefit cases).

Basic rate


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