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Child Support

Upon separation of a couple there is an obligation on the non-resident parent to pay child maintenance or child support to the resident parent in relation to any children under the age of 16 years or under the age of 18 years if they are still in full-time education.  Beyond the age of 18, both parents still have an obligation to support their children financially if they are in full-time education and until the age of 25.  If a child resides with one parent for four or more nights per week, on average, then that parent will be treated as the resident parent for child maintenance purposes and the other parent will be regarded as the non-resident parent. 

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Child Support

Upon separation of a couple there is an obligation on the non-resident parent to pay child maintenance or child support to the resident parent in relation to any children under the age of 16 years or under the age of 18 years if they are still in full-time education. Beyond the age of 18, both parents still have an obligation to support their children financially if they are in full-time education and until the age of 25. If a child resides with one parent for four or more nights per week, on average, then that parent will be treated as the resident parent for child maintenance purposes and the other parent will be regarded as the non-resident parent.

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Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Update

Carers represent the cornerstone of Scotland’s health and social care system. It is estimated that more than 788,000 people are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour in Scotland, this includes around 44,000 people under the age of 18. Together, they are estimated to provide care worth approximately £10bn every year. Despite the fundamental services provided by carers, they have previously received little recognition or governmental support, often resulting in increased social isolation and greater financial struggles, particularly in circumstances where fulltime employment cannot be balanced alongside caring responsibilities.

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Named Person Scheme Update

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it would seem an appropriate time to revisit the Named Person Scheme and reflect upon how this legislation may affect families in Scotland.

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