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Surviving the CSA (1)

James Pirrie begins a three-part series on the practical steps for lawyers formulating child support packages in the light of new processes introduced this year

6 June 2003

The new six step formula for calculating child support began to run for new cases from ‘A-day’ – 3 March 2003 – and is a welcome replacement from the staggering complexity of its Child Support Act 1991 (CSA 1991) predecessor. Existing cases will migrate to the new scheme no later than ‘C day’ – a date to be confirmed. Less welcome in the family law industry was the simultaneous arrival of a system designed to force us increasingly towards adopting ‘the Child Support Agency (CSA) way’ in all our cases. All orders made after 3 March 2003 are susceptible to an application to the CSA once they have been running for a year. The CSA application will sweep the court order aside and there is little that can be done to assert the court order against this step being taken. New processes There are five different sorts of process. Option one is where no process has been selected. Post A day, parties who wish to leave their ad-hoc arrangements have the choic...

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