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A Guide to Child Support Payments

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 21 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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The second in our series of separated dads guides relates to child support and the issues surrounding it.

Child support is designed to make parents responsible for maintaining their children. This means that non-resident parents (who do not live with the child) make periodical payments to resident parents (who do live with the child and are responsible for the child's day-to-day care).

Parents may agree these payments via a maintenance agreement. The Child Support Agency manages the child maintenance schemes that were introduced in 1993 and 2003, but only deals with existing applications. You can contact the National Helpline for advice on 08457 133 133.

The Child Maintenance Service manages the 2012 onwards child maintenance scheme. There is a £20 fee for applying to the Child Maintenance Service. In the first instance, you can call Child Maintenance Options on 0800 988 0988.

What is a maintenance agreement?

A maintenance agreement is an agreement between parties made out of court. This allows you to preserve good relations and address your wishes more specifically. They can also help reduce costs. If you and your former partner have a good working relationship, a maintenance agreement can be a great way to agree matters that you both agree to stick to in writing.

There are some problems with maintenance agreements however:

  1. They may cease to apply if you divorce / remarry / cohabit with someone else. You need to ensure that the agreement addresses the end date of payments.
  2. It is not possible to exclude the court's jurisdiction and so parties can still apply to the courts at any time. The courts will however consider the agreed terms in making their decisions, though they are not guaranteed to follow them.
  3. Maintenance agreements are contracts and so must be enforced in the civil courts. This can be expensive and very time consuming which is not always ideal in situations where young children are concerned.

How is child support calculated?

Gross income
Child support via CMS is based upon your gross weekly income. If you are self-employed, your gross income is based upon your total taxable profits.

The CMS will calculate a suitable child support amount upon application by either the resident or non-resident parent. However parents may agree a different amount.

Much like when you pay council tax, certain categories of people pay a reduced rate or are exempt from paying child support altogether.

Exemptions and deductions
You may be exempt or qualify for a reduced rate if you:

  • have a gross weekly income of less than £7.
  • are in prison
  • are under 16 years old
  • are a 16- to 19-year-old who has left school but is registered for certaintypes of government-approved training courses
  • are a 16- to 19-year-old who is in full-time, non-advanced education (up
  • to and including A-level or equivalent standard
  • are a 16- to 17-year-old who receives Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • are a 16- to 17-year-old who is included in their partner’s claim for Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • are in a care home or independent hospital, for which you are receiving help with fees.

Shared care
If your children stay with you overnight, you may be entitled to a reduction of your child support payments. They must stay with you a minimum average of 1 night per week.

If you share care equally, neither of you has to pay maintenance to each other.

If you don’t tell the CSA/CMS about your shared care arrangements, they will estimate that the children stay with you one night a week. This means you’ll usually pay one-seventh less maintenance.

What happens if I have children from a new relationship?

If you have other children this could affect the amount of child support you will pay. Other children relevant to the equation are those for whom you (as the non-resident parent) or your partner receive child benefit for.

Other relevant children are taken into account before the calculation is completed.

When do Child Support payments stop?

Child Support is paid until the relevant child is at least 16 years old.

If the child continues to study full-time (at least 12 hours per week) after the age of 16, you will still have to pay child support. Full-time studies include A-level standard but do not include university / professional studies after this level. Child support payments will end when the course finishes or when the child turns 20 years old, even if they are still in full-time studies.

What happens if I dispute that I am the parent of a child?

When parentage is in dispute, a maintenance calculation should not be done by the CSA/CMS until the matter is resolved. There are some exceptions when parentage will be assumed however:

  • If you were married to the mother at any point between conception and birth of the child
  • You are registered as the father on the birth certificate
  • You refuse to take a DNA test or a DNA test shows you are the father
  • There has been a previous declaration of parentage
  • Court proceedings have decided you are the father

If you deny parentage, you must communicate this to the CMS/CSA or you will still be liable to pay child support.

What could happen if I don't pay my child support payments?

The CSA/CMS has various enforcement methods available to ensure child support is paid. These include:
  • Deduction from earnings
  • Committal to prison for up to six weeks
  • Disqualification from driving

If one of you dies, what will happen to the children?

Whilst we never want to think about death, it is an important and responsible thing to consider when you have children. You need to know that they will be looked after should anything happen to you.

Guardians

In your will, you have the opportunity to name a guardian (or guardians) to look after your children if you are no longer here to do so. A trusted family friend is a popular option. Guardians are not paid to look after your children, but will usually get money from your estate to help with the additional costs of caring for children. It is usually better to name just one guardian, as problems can be caused if co-guardians separate in the future.

Other parent

If the resident parent were to die, the non-resident parent has rights to the children as a parent. This does not mean that you will automatically get custody of a child you have not previously lived with, however the court will look to see if you are a suitable parent to have full custody. If you are suitable, you will get custody over any named guardian in your partner's will. If you are not suitable, custody is likely to go to the named guardian, which is why it is important to name someone in your will who you trust.

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Need to write to the CSA/CMS?

We have produced a series of letter templates to accompany the guides relating to maintenance and support. Why not take a look at these easy to use templates.

Check out the Separated Dads Forum... It's a great resource where you can ask for advice on topics including Child Access, Maintenance, CAFCASS, Fathers Rights, Court, Behaviour or simply to have a chat with other dads.

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My ex has 2 children from me, we've been separated over a year and she's claiming every benefit there's to be claimed including the expensive house benefit, child tax credit, income support and child benefit as well as getting healthy start vouchers monthly that'll help with costs of food, to my knowledge she's able to make ends meet as well as saving from all those benefits. On top of all that, now and after we've been separated for a year following her abusive attitude towards me and the numerous false statements she made to authorities resulting in me leaving the family home and establish a new life in a different city altogether, she wants to get her hands on my income, only when she knew that I'm with another partner and we're willing to get married. I need to stress the fact that she's been living comfortably without any Child maintenance payments for a whole year (and able to save in excess of 16K in a foreign bank account), till she heard that I'm with another partner.
Henry - 21-Oct-17 @ 3:01 PM
Rach - Your Question:
Hi could I get some advice please?My husband has 2 children with his ex. They agreed on a monthly payment between them before I met my husband. We got married a couple of months ago and she is claiming that my wage now has to be factored into his maintenance payments. Is this correct?

Our Response:
Your wage has nothing to do with your husband's child maintenance payments. You are not deemed responsible for paying to help towards the day-to-day care of your husband's children.
SeparatedDads - 19-Oct-17 @ 3:45 PM
val - Your Question:
Hi Can anyone help.My partner paid up until recently full maintenance for his 17yr old son, via into his ex's bank account. He has paid this religiously until his son started work a few weeks back. Since his son left school 18months ago he has joined college numerous times and packed them in within a few weeks/months. Although my partner continued to pay regardless.The law states that his ex should inform the cms if he leaves education or starts work. therefore she has commited fraud. On the gov website, all it seems to go on about is if the dad stops paying and what to do about that. under all the guidence it does not say if the mother fails to tell the cms that the child has left college/started work? I am presuming my partner will be told that this is a seperate issue and that he will have to take his ex to the small claims.My partner works 7 days a week in order to pay his maintenance and have ourselves a decent lifestyle. Yet his ex works part time, has a partner living with her undeclared and drives round in a new car.My partner is not trying to get out of paying for his son but why is the law always on the mothers side? Any help and advice would be appreciated.thank you

Our Response:
When a child leaves approved education or training, payments should stop at the end of February, 31 May, 31 August or 30 November (whichever comes first), in line with when child benefit stops. If your partner has stopped paying child maintenance without authorisation from CMS then please note, he will be liable to pay arrears. The non-resident parent is responsible for paying towards the day-to-day care of their child, regardless of the other parent's lifestyle.
SeparatedDads - 19-Oct-17 @ 2:51 PM
Hi Can anyone help. My partner paid up until recently full maintenance for his 17yr old son, via into his ex's bank account. He has paid this religiously until his son started work a few weeks back. Since his son left school 18months ago he has joined college numerous times and packed them in within a few weeks/months. Although my partner continued to pay regardless. The law states that his ex should inform the cms if he leaves education or starts work. therefore she has commited fraud. On the gov website, all it seems to go on about is if the dad stops paying and what to do about that . under all the guidence it does not say if the mother fails to tell the cms that the child has left college/started work? I am presuming my partner will be told that this is a seperate issue and that he will have to take his ex to the small claims. My partner works 7 days a week in order to pay his maintenance and have ourselves a decent lifestyle. Yet his ex works part time, has a partner living with her undeclared and drives round in a new car. My partner is not trying to get out of paying for his son but why is the law always on the mothers side? Any help and advice would be appreciated .thank you
val - 18-Oct-17 @ 8:43 PM
Hi could I get some advice please? My husband has 2 children with his ex. They agreed on a monthly payment between them before I met my husband. We got married a couple of months ago and she is claiming that my wage now has to be factored into his maintenance payments. Is this correct?
Rach - 17-Oct-17 @ 6:58 PM
I have three children from a previous marriage. I have always paid the full amount (online calculator based) through private arrangement. The oldest has just asked asked to come and live with me.How does this affect my payment for all three children once she moves in.Do I have to pay for two who live with mum and thier mum pay me for the one that lives with me?Or, is it a case where only an offset payment arrangement is made where the child that lives with me cancels out one that live with mum and therefor I only have to pay for one child? Thanks.
Lovingdad - 14-Oct-17 @ 4:15 PM
Diego - Your Question:
Hi, do I need to pay child maintenance for a non biological child to my ex wife?

Our Response:
You do not have to pay child maintenance to a child who is not biologically yours, unless you have officially adopted the child.
SeparatedDads - 13-Oct-17 @ 2:47 PM
Hi If my son (8) and I move in with my partner will his maintenance be reduced that he pays for his ex partner and his one other child ?
query - 12-Oct-17 @ 1:13 PM
HN - Your Question:
Hi, Could someone please advise? If a mother refuses to put father on birth certificate, child does not have the fathers name and she does not allow contact - does the father still pay maintenance when the mother moves in with a new partner?Happy to pay however would rather put money into savings for the child. Thanks

Our Response:
Regardless of whether the father's name is on the birth certificate or who the mother is living with or married to, if the father is named as the father to CMS then he is still required to pay child maintenance.
SeparatedDads - 12-Oct-17 @ 9:53 AM
Hi, Could someone please advise? If a mother refuses to put father on birth certificate, child does not have the fathers name and she does not allow contact - does the father still pay maintenance when the mother moves in with a new partner? Happy to pay however would rather put money into savings for the child. Thanks
HN - 11-Oct-17 @ 2:40 PM
Zoom007- Your Question:
My 17 year old is having a baby and will be claiming child benefit for her own child so her child benefit stops she will also claim income support do I still have to pay csa

Our Response:
If your daughter ceases receiving child benefit and begins receiving the likes of income support/universal credit, then CMS would stop your payments automatically.
SeparatedDads - 9-Oct-17 @ 3:45 PM
Auntie - Your Question:
Hi I'm looking for advice on behalf of my brother, he lost contact with his children until I tracked his ex diwn on Feb, she went straight through csa and they take around £250 pcm from his £1100 pay, this left him with not even enough money to pay his £900 pcm rent let alone feed himself. He had to take on a second job which leaves him little time to visit his children and they live 60 miles away so when he does see them it costs him a fortune, petrol takes them somewhere that costs, feeds them etc!! Anyway his son has told him that he has not got a bed and sleeps on a mattress on the floor, the children are not well dressed either so my brothers concern is where is his money going?? Obviously not on meeting the children's needs!! I've told him he should stop half of the maintainance and provide for them himself, buying a bed and clothes and anything else they need. would this be acceptable?? He has also had wind that she may be taking drugs but has no proof!!

Our Response:
If your brother stops paying child maintenance, then he will be subjected to arrears if he is paying through CMS. So, suggesting he stops paying will do more harm than good and is definitely NOT sound advice. A receiving parent does not have to justify what they spend child maintenance on. If his ex is struggling financially, it may go towards unseen things such as utility bills etc.
SeparatedDads - 9-Oct-17 @ 3:23 PM
My 17 year old is having a baby and will be claiming child benefit for her own child so her child benefitstops she will also claim income supportdo I still have to pay csa
Zoom007 - 8-Oct-17 @ 8:32 PM
Hi I'm looking for advice on behalf of my brother, he lost contact with his children until I tracked his ex diwn on Feb, she went straight through csa and they take around £250 pcm from his £1100 pay, this left him with not even enough money to pay his £900 pcm rent let alone feed himself. He had to take on a second job which leaves him little time to visit his children and they live 60 miles away so when he does see them it costs him a fortune, petrol takes them somewhere that costs, feeds them etc!! Anyway his son has told him that he has not got a bed and sleeps on a mattress on the floor, the children are not well dressed either so my brothers concern is where is his money going?? Obviously not on meeting the children's needs!! I've told him he should stop half of the maintainance and provide for them himself, buying a bed and clothes and anything else they need.. would this be acceptable?? He has also had wind that she may be taking drugs but has no proof!!
Auntie - 7-Oct-17 @ 9:09 PM
Hi, do I need to pay child maintenance for a non biological child to my ex wife?
Diego - 6-Oct-17 @ 7:02 PM
Kat - Your Question:
Hi ThereI'm looking for advice on behalf of my brother who has recently separated with his wife, I wont bore you with the details but she had relations outside of the marriage which resulted in child number 4. They have 3 children between them.Any how, my brother works full time and earns just over £13k and his outgoings pretty much match what's coming in with very little left. he now lives in a small room in a house share and survives on Jam sandwiches. Where in contrast she does not work, her house is paid for by housing benefit and she pays top up, which is £4500 in arrears. She receives child benefit, tax credits, disability living allowance for the two older children and carers allowance so all in all a little over £3500 per month.She has now made a claim for child maintenance and they have said she is entitled to £65per week.He has the children two afternoons a week and on the Saturday. All three children are in full time education. He is unable to have them over night as he lives in one room. I am struggling to understand a few things and any advice is much appreciated. :1 - how on earth he can pay £65 per week ? This isn't about avoiding paying for his children but I cant understand how he will keep a roof over his head. He cant afford a bigger place to have the children overnight, coupled with work commitments. He isn't deemed to be a priority with the council for housing as a weekend dad, but unless he gets a bigger place he cant have them over night. Catch 222 - If he is having the children a % of the time, would he not also be entitled to a % of the benefits she is given for their DLA, Carer, child benefit, tax credit ? from the info I have been given only one person can claim, as she has already done this she has to agree that he can claim one of the benefits.She is outright refusing saying he has never given her any money so she wont be giving any.Ive tried to explain that the money belongs to the children and its for their care, the children don't stop having special needs because they are with their dad on the Saturday. When he collects them he has no money to provide for them and no where to take them.All the advice I have been given so far just stacks in her favor, she has to agree, he has to give her more money. Ive not had any experience in dealing with benefits before , I raise too children and work full time, this is starting to make me wonder if its better is I lived on benefits.Please someone restore my faith and tell me there is something he can do ???

Our Response:
Firstly, the receiving parent's income is disregarded in cases of child maintenance. Every non-resident parent is required by law to help financially support their children and therefore what the receiving parent earns is not accounted for. Benefits are paid to the primary carer of the children. With regards to your brother's personal situation, CMS prefer parents to have a family-based arrangement where child maintenance is paid directly to the primary carer and arranged between both. However, if for whatever reason the primary carer approaches CMS, (i.e for instance if the non-resident parent hasn't been paying or is behind) then the NRP will be assessed on their earnings. There are several factors that CMS will take into account i.e how many children the paying parent has, their income and how much time they spend with the paying parent (overnight). On the basic rate, if the NRP is paying for one child, they will pay 12% of their gross weekly income, two children, 16% and three or more children, they would pay 19% of their gross weekly income. If your brother earns £13,000 per annum this roughly equates to £47.50. However, where arrangements are made via CMS, then administrative charges are placed on top. Both parents must pay a collection fee for using the Collect & Pay service. The Collect & Pay service is when the CMS works out the amount of child maintenance to be paid and collects payments from the paying parent and passes them on to the receiving parent. The paying parent will have to pay a 20 per cent collection fee each time a payment is collected from them. The receiving parent will have to pay a four per cent collection fee each time a payment is passed onto them. I do empathise with the fact your brother is struggling to manage and cannot afford suitable accommodation in order to have his children over more. However, the rate is calculated on the basis of what he would contribute to the children over a week, if he still lived at home. These contributions can be unseen, such as help towards utility bills, food, clothing and extras etc, which all parents are responsible for paying towards if and where they are earning money. I'm afraid this does not help answer your question, but it hopefully does put it into context.
SeparatedDads - 5-Oct-17 @ 10:15 AM
Hi There I'm looking for advice on behalf of my brother who has recently separated with his wife, i wont bore you with the details but she had relations outside of the marriage which resulted in child number 4. They have 3 children between them . Any how, my brother works full time and earns just over £13k and his outgoings pretty much match what's coming in with very little left... he now lives in a small room in a house share and survives on Jam sandwiches. Where in contrast she does not work, her house is paid for by housing benefit and she pays top up, which is £4500 in arrears. She receives child benefit, tax credits, disability living allowance for the two older children and carers allowance so all in all a little over £3500 per month.She has now made a claim for child maintenance and they have said she is entitled to £65per week. He has the children two afternoons a week and on the Saturday. All three children are in full time education. He is unable to have them over night as he lives in one room. I am struggling to understand a few things and any advice is much appreciated. : 1 - how on earth he can pay £65 per week ? This isn't about avoiding paying for his children but i cant understand how he will keep a roof over his head. He cant afford a bigger place to have the children overnight, coupled with work commitments . He isn't deemed to be a priority with the council for housing as a weekend dad, but unless he gets a bigger place he cant have them over night. Catch 22 2 - If he is having the children a % of the time, would he not also be entitled to a % of the benefits she is given for their DLA, Carer, child benefit, tax credit? from the info i have been given only one person can claim, as she has already done this she has to agree that he can claim one of the benefits. She is outright refusing saying he has never given her any money so she wont be giving any. Ive tried to explain that the money belongs to the children and its for their care, the children don't stop having special needs because they are with their dad on the Saturday. When he collects them he has no money to provide for them and no where to take them. All the advice i have been given so far just stacks in her favor, she has to agree, he has to give her more money...... Ive not had any experience in dealing with benefits before , i raise too children and work full time, this is starting to make me wonder if its better is i lived on benefits. Please someone restore my faith and tell me there is something he can do ???
Kat - 4-Oct-17 @ 1:47 PM
My son finished school when he was 16 lounged about till he was 17 I got him a job with me and he only lasted 3 days and left said it was hard work then left it about 6 months and enrolled at college 1 day a wk which he do for 2 months then went on the sick for a year and half. He's now 21 and still not in work yet csa have sent me a letter saying I owe £17000yet I payed until he left school. There saying because he attended college for 2 months i have to pay but Doesn't he have to off attended college in order for me to have to pay the whole lot and not him sitting at home for the year and half ?
Sickoffit - 2-Oct-17 @ 11:07 PM
Snail - Your Question:
Hi, I have a child that at this time I don't see ,his choice,but I pay his mum monthly,if I marry will my new wife's wages come in to how much I pay my x for our child?

Our Response:
Only your earnings (as the biological father) are taken into consideration, not your new wifes. Your new wife is deemed to have no personal responsibility to financially support your child by another relationship.
SeparatedDads - 2-Oct-17 @ 2:51 PM
Hi, I have a child that at this time I don't see ,his choice,but I pay his mum monthly,if I marry will my new wife's wages come in to how much I pay my x for our child?
Snail - 30-Sep-17 @ 7:10 PM
Geo - Your Question:
Hi, I pay a handsome sum to my ex partner every month of £450 now moving to £550. I have my two kids 3 days out of 7 , take them holidays, pocket money , cloth them , pay half of school trips etc etc. no that I al paying £550 PM I don't feel I should all be paying for half the school trips and and tutors. Is the £550 a month I pay to their Mum for CMS payments not meant to be used to fund this sort of thing ? I can see no real guidelines around what exactly the monthly payments are meant for.Given I have kids almost half the time and have all the exact same expenses to run a house, feed the kids and take holidays it seems a touch unreasonable that she also expects me to pay for half of everything else on top ?Thanks

Our Response:
There are no rules on what your ex uses child maintenance for and she does not have to justify what she spends the money on. At the same time, whatever you pay over and above the general child maintenance payments as assessed via CMS, is voluntary and to be made at your discretion. In other words, you cannot be penalised if you don't.
SeparatedDads - 29-Sep-17 @ 12:37 PM
Kazi - Your Question:
Hi I am a step parent with grown up children of my own. I am wondering if we still have to pay our mutual agreement? We have paid money without missing a payment since I met my step children. We have gone halves with school uniform, trips, clothes as well as buying as and when they've needed it? I strongly agree with the separated parent paying. At present the mother drives a BMW 4x4 has a far better life style than us?? We've just bought out son/ step son a moped to get to college( even though the mother has just got a bursary for bus fares!) We still buy clothes tax and the youngest is 16 but now working? Does this count now he works?

Our Response:
You personally do not have to pay child maintenance to your partner's/husband's children. But, if your husband's children are in full-time non-advanced education not higher than A-level equivalent, for at least 12 hours a week, then his maintenance payments will continue until the children finish the course or until they turn 20. If, one child is working and earning full-time or earning money while on an apprenticeship, then payments can stop. The fact the mother drives a BMW is irrelevant. Every non-resident parent has the basic responsibility to provide for their child up until the age of 16, when they are legally allowed to leave school and get a job, or 18-20 if they are in full-time government approved education.
SeparatedDads - 29-Sep-17 @ 12:14 PM
Hi, I pay a handsome sum to my ex partner every month of £450 now moving to £550. I have my two kids 3 days out of 7 , take them holidays, pocket money , cloth them , pay half of school trips etc etc .. no that I al paying £550 PM I don't feel I should all be paying for half the school trips and and tutors . Is the £550 a month I pay to their Mum for CMS payments not meant to be used to fund this sort of thing ? I can see no real guidelines around what exactly the monthly payments are meant for. Given I have kids almost half the time and have all the exact same expenses to run a house, feed the kids and take holidays it seems a touch unreasonable that she also expects me to pay for half of everything else on top ? Thanks
Geo - 28-Sep-17 @ 3:17 PM
Hi I am a step parent with grown up children of my own. I am wondering if we still have to pay our mutual agreement? We have paid money without missing a payment since I met my step children. We have gone halves with school uniform, trips, clothes as well as buying as and when they've needed it? I strongly agree with the separated parent paying. At present the mother drives a BMW 4x4 has a far better life style than us?? We've just bought out son/ step son a moped to get to college( even though the mother has just got a bursary for bus fares!) We still buy clothes tax and the youngest is 16 but now working? Does this count now he works?
Kazi - 28-Sep-17 @ 8:57 AM
fedupparent - Your Question:
HiThe father of my child has never paid a penny. my son is 4 he stays with his dad every Saturday night from around 17.00 - 17.00 Sunday. As he stays there one night a week will this make a difference. he always says he wont pay as he 'provides for him' but we all know buying a nice outfit here and there or toys is not providing. Basically I have gave him the option to start paying and come up with an amount himself but he wont' he works full time and says I wont get anything because he has him over night can you clarify?

Our Response:
You really need to speak to CMS directly. Every non-resident parent legally has to provide financial support to their child. If you are the primary (main) carer of your child, you are entitled to receive child maintenance from your child's father. The fact your ex has your son will not make a difference regarding your eligibility to claim. Please see CMS link here .
SeparatedDads - 26-Sep-17 @ 11:10 AM
Hi The father of my child has never paid a penny. my son is 4 he stays with his dad every Saturday night from around 17.00 - 17.00 Sunday. As he stays there one night a week will this make a difference. he always says he wont pay as he 'provides for him' but we all know buying a nice outfit here and there or toys is not providing. Basically I have gave him the option to start paying and come up with an amount himself but he wont' he works full time and says I wont get anything because he has him over night can you clarify?
fedupparent - 25-Sep-17 @ 12:59 PM
Chef - Your Question:
I'm divorced from my ex wife (decree nisi stage). We have a 9yr son that lives with his mum. For two months this year I was unable to pay child maintenance due to losing my job. Can my ex wife ask for back payments to bring payments up to date? Also, I'm back working again this time as a self employed contractor. How do I calculate the child maintenance cost?Thanks,Chef

Our Response:
If you have a family-based arrangement, your ex cannot ask for back payments of child maintenance. However, if your child maintenance is paid via CMS, then if you have not informed CMS of your change in circumstances, she can.
SeparatedDads - 22-Sep-17 @ 2:05 PM
Can I be forced to pay my sons university fees? He currently has been held back a year in 6 form college. He is 20! He lives with my x who earns 3 times my salary. I have been separated for 19 years/married now for 10 to someone who makes me very happy and I had paid £300 every month to my xfor 20 years. (Just made my last payment) This month it stops and now I'm expected to continue £300 for life and my x is asking for university costs of £9,000. My salary is low but I work hard. I'm happy but I don't understand how this can be fair? My wife's isn't a high earner either and it has been unfair on her as I have been promising life will improve after my son turns 20... but now this! Is there any way around this? I'm thinking of quitting my job and going to college / university to better myself as I deserve to live my life and won't have much of an opportunity to enjoy it if my x gets what she wants.
Stepman - 21-Sep-17 @ 11:03 PM
I'm divorced from my ex wife (decree nisi stage). We have a 9yr son that lives with his mum. For two months this year I was unable to pay child maintenance due to losing my job. Can my ex wife ask for back payments to bring payments up to date? Also, I'm back working again this time as a self employed contractor. How do I calculate the child maintenance cost? Thanks, Chef
Chef - 21-Sep-17 @ 5:03 PM
Victim - Your Question:
My daughter is in advanced education doing a level 6 qualification for the next 3 years and no longer lives with her mother. Her mother has told CMS that she is still in Full Time Education but not the fact it is advanced. CMS say they will check with child benefit service, but for the same reasons she has not told them the facts. I am no longer going to pay the expand want to contribute to my daughter directly. I have uploaded all the evidence so why is the system supporting claiments through word of mouth and yet ignoring evidential facts, surely this is discrimination?

Our Response:
Child benefit automatically stops and likewise so does child maintenance when your child is no longer in government approved education specified in the link here.
SeparatedDads - 21-Sep-17 @ 12:39 PM
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