Browsing Archive: February, 2011

CSA (Crap System Alert!)

Posted by Prymface on Tuesday, February 15, 2011,

A public consultation started last month on new plans for child maintenance:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2011/strengthening-families.shtml

Basically, if your ex wants to take responsibility and contribute towards the upbringing of his (her) children, then you are fine. If not, you're stuffed. The new system proposes that, if you cant come to your own 'family arrangement', then they will charge the parent (the one with care) £100 to apply for CSA (or £50 if on benefits), £25 for a 'ca...
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Old Skool Teen Mums

Posted by Prymface on Wednesday, February 2, 2011,

My son was born in 1996, pre-Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. I had just turned 17. I honestly don't ever remember hearing the term 'teenage parent' in reference to my situation. I had a normal midwife, a normal health visitor, went to a normal antenatal class and a normal 'parent n toddle' group.

There were positives to this. While I was approaching the big 2.0, my mummy friends were all approaching the big 4.0! They had cars and frequently transported us on days out. I had time and energy and fre...
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