Parents turn to their parents for advice on break-ups

Couples with children whose relationships are breaking up are as likely to discuss separation issues with their parents as they are with professional advisers, including solicitors, according to a survey for Child Maintenance Options.   

Couples with children whose relationships are breaking up are as likely to discuss separation issues with their parents as they are with professional advisers, including solicitors, according to a survey for Child Maintenance Options.   
According to a YouGov poll of over 1,000 separated parents with children aged 18 or under, 60% said they turned to their parents, siblings and friends for help and advice while only 27% talked to a solicitor.  Notably grandparents are the most likely to be called upon of that group, with 30% of the parents surveyed saying they turned to their mums and dads.
 
CMO, a free advice and information service, says that the survey highlights the need for the parents of couples who are splitting up to offer accurate and useful support and is publishing a new ‘Grandparents Guide to Child Maintenance’, explaining how they can help to make sure their grandchildren are properly provided for after divorce or separation. 
 
“More and more grandparents and other members of the family and friends of separating couples are calling our helpline, seeking guidance on their behalf,” says Janet Paraskeva, Chair of the Child Maintenance Options. “A quarter of those using our website are 55 and over and many are grandparents. As a result we have decided to prepare this simple guide to child maintenance. We hope it will provide grandparents with the facts they need to offer the practical support that should lead to more children benefiting from effective child maintenance arrangements.’
 
The free guide includes sections explaining what child maintenance is and outlines the three ways it can be arranged:
 
– Privately – without involving the Child Support Agency (CSA)
– Via the courts
– Through the CSA.
 
It also covers common concerns such as how child maintenance can be calculated, what to do if a couple are not on speaking terms and how to handle things if a parent stops paying.
 
The free guide for grandparents is downloadable from www.cmoptions.org or people can call the Child Maintenance Options helpline on 0800 988 0988 to request a copy.
 





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