Coronavirus and your Child Maintenance Case
During the Covid-19 pandemic your case needs to be managed correctly to prevent poor CMS decisions, even if taken in good faith, coming back to haunt you. Child Support Legislation is complex and during this crisis many decisions are being made out of confusion and are wrong in law. Once CMS staff are back to their normal duties the correct interpretation of the law will be implemented. If your payment has changed since the lockdown you should seek independent legal advice about your true position. Speak to us now to get the proper information about your CMS Payments. 01207 693966
Durham Legal Services COVID-19 case management
The Child Maintenance Service and their Financial Investigation Unit will be investigating all CMS cases where the payments have been reduced due to income going down during the Coronavirus period. At present DWP staff are deployed dealing with the 1.5 million Universal Credit applications so those who are left are simply processing changes of circumstance without the usual checks even though complex rules apply to changes in circumstance. If you've reduced your payment or stopped paying because of the coronavirus epidemic, you need to check as quickly as possible that you were right to do so and we strongly recomend you seek independent legal advice. Call us on 01207 693966.
There appears to be a trend where complaints from the receiving parent result in an intrusive financial investigation which leads to a draconian CMS decision based on the flimsiest of evidence. Most FIU decisions taken to appeal by us using our experience are overturned. If the FIU become involved in your case, call us for help and advice 01207 693966.
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