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5 November 2012

Parents who don't pay child maintenance no longer risk jail

Absent parents who fail to support their children may no longer be threatened with jail after a court ruling against a Government body set up to pursue them, reports TheTelegraph.

Senior judges said that the loss of powers would leave the child maintenance enforcement regime “almost completely emasculated”.

 “Without the carrot – or the stick – of commitment (to prison) the chances of recovering arrears of child support are very significantly reduced, if not almost completely emasculated,” said the judge. “This is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs.”

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