There is a two tier system with the CSA and related child maintenance orders (before 03/2003 and after). The older system has considerably higher maintenance requirements than the new system. This is only based on the date the individual claim was made, all other variables can be equal. Equally, court-based child maintenance orders based on CSA calculations obviously work the same way. I'm sure there must be cases within days of the wrong side of this 'step-change'.

Why is this idea important?

FAIRNESS: All child maintenance cases need to work to exactly the same rules to be fair, whatever those rules are. There should one system for everyone, and all existing cases need to be covered by it, that includes the all court orders.There shouldn't be a two tier system based on an arbitrary date because two computer systems are incompatible. That's the government's problem, not the public's.

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