What I find most interesting as a family lawyer is what the Committee has to say on the role of the courts. Resolution recommended to the Committee that where the courts are dealing with financial applications anyway, for example in divorce cases, they should also deal with the issue of child maintenance. The Committee accepts this (paragraph 67):
This seems to be eminently sensible. Not only will it enable the courts to deal with all issues together, it should significantly reduce the burden on C-MEC.
In our opinion, it seems that if the Government is intent on moving clients towards private agreements and away from using C-MEC then its decision not to explore the use of the courts is inconsistent. The Committee recommends that the Government reconsider the decision not to allow courts to make a maintenance order unless both parties consent.