Shared Parenting Information Group (SPIG) UK

- promoting responsible shared parenting after separation and divorce -

Children First: a new approach to child support

- Green Paper published by UK government on 6 July 1998

The following documents are available on the CSA website

Change in terminology

There is a welcome change in terminology, with the term 'absent parent' being replaced by 'non-resident parent'.

However the paper misses the opportunity to promote responsible shared parenting and instead refers to concepts which are at variance with the Children Act 1989, so we have:

As a result, it will still not be possible for parents who are sharing the care of their children to share the state benefits as well.

Summary of proposals

David Cannon

See also: National Association for Child Support Action (NACSA) -

Last updated - 26 February 2000

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