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Child support reforms to stress parental responsibility

Ministers are proposing an overhaul of the current system of child support, saying it too often "drives a wedge" between parents and their offspring.

They say more separating couples should be helped to find a settlement on their own in the interests of the child.

People will be encouraged to explore all options before going to court but must pay a fee for statutory help.

Chief Executive of Gingerbread Fiona Weir fears there will be a barrier to using the statutory system once the Government introduces the charge.

Clive Coleman reports.

  • 13 Jan 2011
  • From the section UK
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