Thank you for visiting the CMSAS Limited website. Please note, we are NOT the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). If you need to contact the CMS, the number for an existing case with the CMS is 0800 171 2345 and for a new case is 0800 988 0988 or you can go to their website here: CMSAS Limited consultants are specialists in the Statutory Scheme of child support, as administered by the Child Maintenance Service. We would like to make you aware that we are not the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). We are a private company that provide a chargeable service of support, guidance and advice to both Receiving and Paying Parents, with Child Maintenance issues, assessments, appeals, tribunals and all Child Maintenance matters pertaining to the CMS (Child Maintenance Service) and/or HMCTS (Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service), including where difficulties develop with the CMS and/or HMCTS.

Cases Under the HM Courts & Tribunals Service

When dealing with child maintenance disputes, some cases may escalate to a point where intervention by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service becomes necessary. Understanding how to navigate this system can be challenging, but with the right guidance and support, you can approach the process with confidence. Child Maintenance Support & Advisory Service (CMSAS) is here to assist you through the complexities of tribunal hearings and court procedures related to child maintenance issues in England & Wales.

Introduction to the HM Courts & Tribunals Service

The HM Courts & Tribunals Service is a government agency responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil, and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. In the context of child maintenance, this service plays a crucial role when there are disputes that cannot be resolved through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) alone.

When Do Cases Go to Tribunal?

  • Disagreement with CMS Decisions: If you believe that the CMS has incorrectly calculated your child maintenance payments or has made an unfair decision, you have the right to appeal to the tribunal.
  • Enforcement Issues: Cases involving non-payment or disputes over enforcement actions taken by the CMS may also be escalated to the tribunal.

Preparing for Your Tribunal Case

  1. Gather Evidence: Collect all relevant documentation, including communication with the CMS, payment records, and any other evidence that supports your case.
  2. Seek Expert Advice: CMSAS offers guidance on how to present your case effectively. We can help you understand the legal framework and prepare your arguments.
  3. Understand the Process: Familiarise yourself with the tribunal’s procedures. CMSAS can explain what to expect during the hearing and how to prepare.

How CMSAS Can Help with the HM Courts & Tribunals Service

  • Expert Guidance: Our experienced advisors can guide you through the entire process, from filing an appeal to representing your interests at the tribunal.
  • Support and Representation: While you can represent yourself at the tribunal, having expert support can be invaluable. CMSAS can provide advice on how to articulate your case clearly and effectively.
  • Follow-up Support: Regardless of the outcome, CMSAS can advise on next steps, whether it’s complying with tribunal decisions or exploring further legal options.

The Tribunal Process

  • Submitting an Appeal: The first step is to submit a formal appeal against the CMS decision. This must be done within a specific time frame after receiving the decision.
  • Tribunal Hearing: The case will be reviewed by an independent tribunal. Both parties will have the opportunity to present their evidence and arguments.
  • Decision: The tribunal will make a decision based on the evidence presented. This decision is binding and must be adhered to by both parties.

What to Expect at the HM Courts & Tribunals Service

  • A Fair Hearing: The tribunal is impartial and aims to ensure a fair outcome based on the evidence.
  • Possible Outcomes: The tribunal may uphold the original CMS decision, revise the maintenance calculation, or order a new calculation.
  • Professional Environment: The tribunal setting is formal, but CMSAS can help demystify the process and reduce anxiety.

Tips for Success

  • Be Prepared: The more prepared you are, the better you can present your case. CMSAS can help you organise your thoughts and evidence.
  • Stay Calm: Tribunal hearings can be stressful, but staying calm and collected will help you communicate more effectively.
  • Use Expert Advice: CMSAS’s expertise can provide you with a strategic advantage in presenting your case and understanding the tribunal’s decision.

Empowering Your Journey Through Legal Challenges

Facing the HM Courts & Tribunals Service in a child maintenance case can seem daunting, but with the right preparation and support, you can navigate the process effectively. CMSAS is dedicated to providing you with the advice, guidance, and support you need to achieve a fair outcome. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Our team is here to help you every step of the way.

For further assistance or to discuss your case with our experts, please contact CMSAS. Together, we can work towards securing the best possible outcome for you and your child.

Initial Consultation

We charge £175 (£210 inc. VAT) for an initial consultation.

Additional Consulting Hours

We charge £150 (£180 inc. VAT) for additional hours.

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