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is there a Coogans law alternative in the UK?

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is there a Coogan's law alternative in the UK?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
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I am sorry to say no.

Unless it is in the contract to say otherwise child actors can spend their earnings,

I hope this helps.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your reply.


 


Coogan's law in US was introduced to solve the problem of child actor's parents spending their earnings so now when the child enters into a contract parents have to open an account and put a fraction of earnings there for the child to use when he reaches maturity.


 


Therefore, I was wondering if in UK there is a system to ensure that parents do not spend all the child's money before he is 18 and if not, why not and how do we ensure that it does not happen. Wouldn't Coogan's law work in UK?


 


Thank you

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
As such no.

But if when signing the contract it may be stated that the money went into trust.

If the parents spent itin the uk it would be theft anyway,

So I guess indirectly it is protected.

I hope that clarifies.



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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

How can it be theft if a child is minor, his earnings belong to parents anyways.

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
No, it would belong to the child.

The child money is the child's money.




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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I can't find the authority for that anywhere. Where does it say so?

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Theft act
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
The expert gives one word replies which are not backed by any authority
Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
To to be fair you asked for low detail and low urgency answer.

I gave you the act, what else would you like to know?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


I asked for medium detail but my question is quite specific. Theft act does not state that child's earnings belong to him. As he is a minor I am sure parents can spend his money.

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
No.

Acts in the uk prohibit matters unless said otherwise.

Theft as is appropriation property belonging to another with intention to permently deprive.

That is theft and the offence is made out,

It does not exclude people under 18 and therefore applies.





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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, but I am sure that in US appropriation of property belonging to another is also theft. However, Coogan's parents were not prosecuted for theft. Hence, why the Coogan's law was introduced. Unles, I am completely missing the point.


 


It doesn't click in my head that there is no clear system in the UK. It's probably because we don't have that many cases about child performers but there is not clear explanation to whether parents can spend child's earnings and whether a child can spend the money he earns.

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
You are asking question of uk expert.

I can only tell you the uk law system, not USA.

This is the position in the uk.

You can't spend a child earnings in the uk



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Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No, unfortunately it didn't.

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Ok, thanks for letting me know