I have been reminded that that the consultation period for the government's proposed reforms of the child maintenance system ends this Thursday, the 7th April. With all the excitement surrounding the interim report of the Family Justice Review last week, potential responders may have overlooked this deadline. If you wish to respond, the consultation document and details of how to respond can be found here.
I understand that there has been quite a strong response to some of the proposals, in particular (and not unexpectedly) the plans for a system of charging parents who want to use (the successor to) the Child Support Agency. The government's position is set out in this article in the Law Society Gazette by the Minister for Work and Pensions, Maria Miller MP. The position of some campaigning groups - including Gingerbread - opposed to the charges is summarised in this Comment is free article in The Guardian.