Welcome To Durham Legal Services
With the existance of three Child Maintenance systems it is no wonder that parents find it very hard to understand which rules or regulations apply to them. This has lead to a lot of misinformation on the internet which in turn has cost parents and their children dearly.
Durham Legal Services is the largest independent agency in the United Kingdom that specializes in Child Maintenance Legislation. We are independent of Government but as members of the Department of Works and Pensions Child Maintenance Stakeholders Group we attend official briefings on child maintenance law, policy and its implementation.
Our Senior Partner Mike Smith LLB has specialised in the field of Child Support for the last 21 years, and has a real passion for shaping Child Maintenance legislation. He was heavily involved with the Upper Tribunal decision GR vs CMEC 2011 UKUT 101 AAC which now gives us the legal definition of person with care. This has become very relevant in light of the new legislation where no maintenance becomes payable when 50/50 shared care is in existance.
Mike is a great believer in promoting collaboration and the reduction of conflict in all child maintenance matters and is head of the design team which built the National Accredited HSSF kitemark new CSA Calculator Footprint Aftercare.
Please feel free to take a tour around our website. If you can't find the answer to your question simply call us and we will be happy to help you. To book your appointment either email your details direct to us via our contact page or contact us on 01207 693966.