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A Guide to Child Support Payments

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 25 Mar 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 is based upon your gross weekly income. If you are employed, this includes your wage, any bonuses or overtime and statutory sick pay. Income tax, national insurance and any pension payments are disregarded. If you are self-employed, your gross income is based upon your total taxable profits.

The CSA/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.
  • is in prison
  • is under 16 years old
  • is a 16- to 19-year-old who has left school but is registered for certaintypes of government-approved training courses
  • is a 16- to 19-year-old who is in full-time, non-advanced education (up
  • to and including A-level or equivalent standard
  • is a 16- to 17-year-old who receives Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • is 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
  • 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. This is by taking a percentage off the original weekly net income prior to starting the calculation. If you are paying the basic rate then the reduction is:

  • 1 other child 15% off net income
  • 2 other children 20% off net income
  • 3 or more other children 25% off net income

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 this date, 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 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 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

The CSA is under review and a single system of child support maintenance that is easier to enforce is anticipated to come into effect from 2015. The new collection agency will become the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC).

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?

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.

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Hello i was having child maintenance took out my income support ..and child maintenance phoned me and told me it as now stopped but they sed it stopped in sept 2016..and its now march ..and inçome support have still been taking it put still sept..does anyone know what happens to the extra money wot i.paid over from srpt 2016 till march 2017thanks .
Ub40 - 25-Mar-17 @ 10:28 PM
Topbanana - Your Question:
Can my ex apply to have additional/increase to monthly maintenance payments made by myself for my daughter and amount set by CMS from child/family tax credits that my new partner and her 2 children and myself have been awarded to boost our monthly income, as my new partner works P/T, and I am on minimum wage. I would think this was incorrect as this sum has been awarded based on our annual salaries.

Our Response:
Working tax credits and child tax credit doesn't count as earnings. Therefore they will not be considered by CMS, please see CAB link here.
SeparatedDads - 17-Mar-17 @ 12:23 PM
Can my ex apply to have additional/increase to monthly maintenance payments made by myself for my daughter and amount set by CMS from child/family tax credits that my new partner and her 2 children and myself have been awarded to boost our monthly income, as my new partner works P/T, and I am on minimum wage. I would think this was incorrect as this sum has been awarded based on our annual salaries.
Topbanana - 16-Mar-17 @ 8:38 PM
Bodhappy now divorce - Your Question:
I have two children 13 and under I pay maintenance. I have a girl friend living with me. Does her earnings affect the amount I pay towards my children?

Our Response:
No, her earnings are not taken into consideration.
SeparatedDads - 16-Mar-17 @ 2:56 PM
Bobby - Your Question:
Me and my partner separated in novemeber, we have a baby girl born in may, she is asking for maintance. I earn 25k a year, she has currently moved in to new house on ber own as a single mother but is getting housing benifits I see her 1 day and that night a week, she has her the other 6, she is currently on maternity still but off back part time in junr, without going through courts, roughly how much per month would I expect to pay? I earn 1200 a month after tax and after paying mortgage, council tax, bills etc.

Our Response:
Please see CMS calculator link here which will allow you to assess how much you may have to pay. Please note, what your ex earns and where she lives and what she claims with regards to benefits has no bearing on what you will pay. The amount the paying parent must pay to help support their child, is based solely upon their income alone i.e what you earn.
SeparatedDads - 14-Mar-17 @ 12:23 PM
Me and my partner separated in novemeber, we have a baby girl born in may, she is asking for maintance. I earn 25k a year, she has currently moved in to new house on ber own as a single mother but is getting housing benifits I see her 1 day and that night a week, she has her the other 6, she is currently on maternity still but off back part time in junr, without going through courts, roughly how much per month would I expect to pay? I earn 1200 a month after tax and after paying mortgage, council tax, bills etc.....
Bobby - 13-Mar-17 @ 4:37 PM
I have two children 13 and under I pay maintenance. I have a girl friend living with me. Does her earnings affect the amount I pay towards my children?
Bodhappy now divorce - 11-Mar-17 @ 7:18 PM
I split up with my ex in june 2015 , we have 2 kids 14 and 18 yrs old , we lived in my house , from june 2015 to feb 16 i was paying at least £1200 per month in bills , credit cars mortgage payment , the ex's phone , car insurance , union , gas water and electric , council tax leaving me unable to afford a roof over my head , but my kids were obviously priority , i did have a decent job at the time 35k per year gross , but also got hammered with tax as my job also required a company car , so out of the 3k approx wages , i came out with around 2k , as time went on i lost my job as i couldnt afford to even get to work and pay for the diesel , i lived in the car for 3 months then moved around on a weekend from place to place , as i fell deeper into debt i started to miss payments etc , being soft every debt was in my name , the ex didnt attempt to help , just sat in the house- i grew more and more concerend and had to put up the house for sale as the equity would cover the loans and mortgage etc , i offered to split my equity once sold with the ex and also said she could take everything with her that was in the house , she agreed , i spoke to the csa who then told me that i was already paying too much so i didnt owe them either. Overtime the estate agents grew concerned as the ex wouldnt return calls when perspective buyers were interested , i lost my job through stress and the company finding out i wasnt seeing my customers as i couldnt afford to get to them, anyhow the house all of a sudden sold , i paid solicitors fees etc via a loan , got right to the end and found out the ex had told the buyers she wasnt ready to move out ! , the buyers backed out . In december last yr the bank had enough and started reposession proceedings , hearing this my ex swiftly moved out , left the house in disrepair and unsaleable , i made a deal to try and sort the missed payments and had to move back in until i could make it saleable somehow , then the csa arrived , i have a new job , god knows how after my reputation is ruined , the ex has backdated the payme ts to june 2015 as of today , leaving me 920 per month to find , on top of everything else , my bills without food are now 1523 per montb , i take home 1900 after tax and have between 250 and 500 per month to get to work , plus the 920 csa , nothing i can do apparently , i have a new partner whom lives here with me and her daughter , my kids are 18 & 15 , the eldest works 30hrs a week and doesnt really love with her mother now , they darent come and see me as the ex makes sure there lives are made totally uncomfortable if they do because she just wants money as always , we have just found out we are 6 weeks pregnant , the csa see this as a 5% reduction in my payments wow , so to sum things up , i was paid on the 24th of feb , i have -£500 in my account which is my overdraft limit , i cant afford to feed us , electric gas and water , or the mortgage, so we are going to be homeless very soon , and jobless becaus
Dc - 8-Mar-17 @ 6:27 PM
I split up with my ex in june 2015 , we have 2 kids 14 and 18 yrs old , we lived in my house , from june 2015 to feb 16 i was paying at least £1200 per month in bills , credit cars mortgage payment , the ex's phone , car insurance , union , gas water and electric , council tax leaving me unable to afford a roof over my head , but my kids were obviously priority , i did have a decent job at the time 35k per year gross , but also got hammered with tax as my job also required a company car , so out of the 3k approx wages , i came out with around 2k , as time went on i lost my job as i couldnt afford to even get to work and pay for the diesel , i lived in the car for 3 months then moved around on a weekend from place to place , as i fell deeper into debt i started to miss payments etc , being soft every debt was in my name , the ex didnt attempt to help , just sat in the house- i grew more and more concerend and had to put up the house for sale as the equity would cover the loans and mortgage etc , i offered to split my equity once sold with the ex and also said she could take everything with her that was in the house , she agreed , i spoke to the csa who then told me that i was already paying too much so i didnt owe them either. Overtime the estate agents grew concerned as the ex wouldnt return calls when perspective buyers were interested , i lost my job through stress and the company finding out i wasnt seeing my customers as i couldnt afford to get to them, anyhow the house all of a sudden sold , i paid solicitors fees etc via a loan , got right to the end and found out the ex had told the buyers she wasnt ready to move out ! , the buyers backed out . In december last yr the bank had enough and started reposession proceedings , hearing this my ex swiftly moved out , left the house in disrepair and unsaleable , i made a deal to try and sort the missed payments and had to move back in until i could make it saleable somehow , then the csa arrived , i have a new job , god knows how after my reputation is ruined , the ex has backdated the payme ts to june 2015 as of today , leaving me 920 per month to find , on top of everything else , my bills without food are now 1523 per montb , i take home 1900 after tax and have between 250 and 500 per month to get to work , plus the 920 csa , nothing i can do apparently , i have a new partner whom lives here with me and her daughter , my kids are 18 & 15 , the eldest works 30hrs a week and doesnt really love with her mother now , they darent come and see me as the ex makes sure there lives are made totally uncomfortable if they do because she just wants money as always , we have just found out we are 6 weeks pregnant , the csa see this as a 5% reduction in my payments wow , so to sum things up , i was paid on the 24th of feb , i have -£500 in my account which is my overdraft limit , i cant afford to feed us , electric gas and water , or the mortgage, so we are going to be homeless very soon , and jobless becaus
Dc - 8-Mar-17 @ 6:24 PM
Kev - Your Question:
Hi, I have divorced from wife. After 2 years I have my 2 boys overnight 6 out of 14, plus every other Friday from school until 6.30pm, 50% for school holidays and 3 extra nights on top of the 50/50 for summer holidays and extra school inset days.My question relates to my ex living with her fiancée. She gets all the benefits, yet they both work full time, have a number of rental properties. Am I able to appeal the CMS payments, or do I have to wait until they get married and/or will they not stop until boy are older? She is pregnant and due to give birth in 2 weeks - fiancée baby.Thanks

Our Response:
You would have to speak to CMS directly regarding this. However, it makes no difference to your payments if your ex is living with someone else or working full time. Child maintenance is based solely upon the paying parent's earnings.
SeparatedDads - 8-Mar-17 @ 12:42 PM
Hi, I have divorced from wife. After 2 years I have my 2 boys overnight 6 out of 14, plus every other Friday from school until 6.30pm, 50% for school holidays and 3 extra nights on top of the 50/50 for summer holidays and extra school inset days. My question relates to my ex living with her fiancée. She gets all the benefits, yet they both work full time, have a number of rental properties. Am I able to appeal the CMS payments, or do I have to wait until they get married and/or will they not stop until boy are older? She is pregnant and due to give birth in 2 weeks - fiancée baby. Thanks
Kev - 7-Mar-17 @ 3:28 PM
Jim - Your Question:
I live in Australia. I have not paid maintenance for 6 years. My ex has got in contact with me for access and maintenance. She's asked for 15 percent of gross earnings before tax and if I was in agreement to put money away every month for our daughter for when she's older instead of paying her anything outstanding maintenance. I offered her 10 percent after tax. Iv said if she does not take that offer she would have to get a court order. What that be set here. I know there's remo which will be the Australian csa but she can do to options and I'm worried iv burnt my bridges a little I don't want to pay more than want it have offered. Also will they take school fees into account?

Our Response:
As a rule in the UK you would pay 17% of your income over £100. However, this does not take into account other qualifying children (i.e if you have other children with your partner which will also be taken into account). Therefore, I can only advise you to see the CAB link here which gives you an up-to-date percentage table. This will give you a benchmark figure on what child maintenance figures are in the UK (but I can't speak for Australia as its level of assessment and calculations may be different). Please be aware, if it goes to court or via REMO there will be fees/costs attributed. It is always more agreeable all round if you can agree between yourself and your ex through a family-based arrangement, if you can.
SeparatedDads - 7-Mar-17 @ 10:14 AM
I am not clear when, legally, child support payments cease.My daughter is in college and will be 18 this coming August.I pay more than CSM calculated value and this is an agreement my ex and I came to. On top of this,I pay my daughter various other sums ... picket money,clothes, treats etc and have no issue with any of this.However, when she reaches 18,am I no longer required to pay child support to my ex and instead, can pay my daughter directly??
Darren - 6-Mar-17 @ 8:25 PM
I live in Australia. I have not paid maintenance for 6 years. My ex has got in contact with me for access and maintenance. She's asked for 15 percent of gross earnings before tax and if I was in agreement to put money away every month for our daughter for when she's older instead of paying her anything outstanding maintenance. I offered her 10 percent after tax. Iv said if she does not take that offer she would have to get a court order. What that be set here. I know there's remo which will be the Australian csa but she can do to options and I'm worried iv burnt my bridges a little I don't want to pay more than want it have offered. Also will they take school fees into account?
Jim - 6-Mar-17 @ 4:32 AM
I have a nine year old child with My ex who had six affairs during our relationship finally asking her to leave to which she did after much deliberating at the time and she moved in with her new fella nearly four years ago and married about three . we ran three years shared parenting 4 days on four off until she went Monday to Friday and requested we have a different arrangement as she was missing our son to which I agreed. she agreed that she would never claim child support but I get the feeling she is building a case to start claiming. I am a single parent have my son one evening every week plus every weekend in three ( at her request ) the second weekend she has him and the third we share days I have child benefit paid into my account every month and transfer her 50% of this on the same day payment is made to me ( she is now trying to get it paid directly to her would there be a reason ) . I am single she is married her mother has him three evening a week after school I pay for school club two nights a week. I am a responsible father pay for school clubs cloths etc when needed. Her husband is a high earning and she is average. Am I likely to get stitched up or do I have rights and in a good position? Help ? i just see where it is going
G - 3-Mar-17 @ 3:23 PM
Matty - Your Question:
I have a remo in place with my ex for our 2 children living in Germany. She is now moving back to UK. Will the remo stay in place or can she reapply for maintenance through the csa. Does the court order overrule the csa

Our Response:
You would have to contact the REMO centre regarding this matter. However, it is likely the court order would stay in place - unless there was new grounds for a variation.
SeparatedDads - 2-Mar-17 @ 2:52 PM
I have a remo in place with my ex for our 2 children living in Germany. She is now moving back to UK. Will the remo stay in place or can she reapply for maintenance through the csa. Does the court order overrule the csa
Matty - 1-Mar-17 @ 9:29 PM
Countvauntrap - Your Question:
I had a nightmare of hell for 12 years I thought it ended in 2005 when the mother of my children left one night and didn't return. I have full sole custody of all of kids. - I have never !!! Been paid a dime in child support in over the past 11 years. A year after I became a single dad - police came looking for me in response to numerous 999 calls made by my x claiming I had kidnapped her - held her hostage and attacked both her and the kids despite her not living with all of us for over 1 year The next 4 years., I was brought thru courts for 5 cases - each appealed eventually going to high court - All of which exonerated me and gave me as dad the continued full sole custody of my kids I've re married recently - and eventually after 8-9 years at home full time with my kids I secured work driving trucks until I had an accident because of an unsteady load that I was not responsible for loading Low of funds and not had child support My x has money but never pays anything towards the children. Abusive rants online via her friend have suggested to me that if I need money it's my problem and I need to earn it and it's not her responsibility to contribute towards rent - school meals and other expenses for care of the children - she remarried - but sadly her husband passed away and she now owns a few properties and has funds but ain't contributed towards the children ?

Our Response:
If your ex is working an earning a living and paying tax, then she would be required to pay child maintenance to you. If you haven't already, you should follow this up via CMS, please see link here.
SeparatedDads - 28-Feb-17 @ 11:11 AM
I had a nightmare of hell for 12 years I thought it ended in 2005 when the mother of my children left one night and didn't return. I have full sole custody of all of kids.- I have never !!! Been paid a dime in child support in over the past 11 years. A year after I became a single dad - police came looking for me in response to numerous 999 calls made by my x claiming I had kidnapped her - held her hostage and attacked both her and the kids despite her not living with all of us for over 1 year The next 4 years ., I was brought thru courts for 5 cases - each appealed eventually going to high court -All of which exonerated me and gave me as dad the continued full sole custody of my kids I've re married recently - and eventually after 8-9 years at home full time with my kids I secured work driving trucks until I had an accident because of an unsteady load that i was not responsible for loading Low of funds and not had child supportMy x has money but never pays anything towards the children. Abusive rants online via her friend have suggested to me that if I need money it's my problem and I need to earn it and it's not her responsibility to contribute towards rent - school meals and other expenses for care of the children- she remarried - but sadly her husband passed away and she now owns a few properties and has funds but ain't contributed towards the children?
Countvauntrap - 27-Feb-17 @ 1:51 PM
I had an affair with my partners friend. Shortly afterwards this girl was pregnant. I asked if the baby was mine. She denied it was. She's put her partner as the father on the birth certificate. Never contacted me with any queries. However it still plays on my mind that the child could be. Me and my partner are now engaged to be married. (Partner knows) I'm worried that this girl might get in touch and demand money. What can I do if I have no idea if the child's mine. After the DNA would payments all have to be backdated? I'm worried because were saving up to buy our own house and wanting to get prepared for any road blocks.
Pete - 24-Feb-17 @ 10:02 PM
Hello I am almost divorced from my wife last few weeks to go before paperwork comes through . I provided evidence and it was proven and passed by the divorce courts of her adultery . Since I have vicious messages ( I have records ) of her saying I'm not the father of our child and that she's only using me for the money I have and that she knows who the real father is. This combined with the proof of adultery can I send all this evidence to the csa and I don't have to pay anymore ? Even if a DNA test is done surely it's down to her to pay for this ( I can't afford it ) concidering the evidence of txt messages and proof of adultery by a court ? I need help before I contact the csa as I really don't want more hassle and to go through paper work ect for no reason
Dad09 - 24-Feb-17 @ 6:00 PM
concerned - Your Question:
My partner and his ex divorced in 2015 with child maintenance agreed through a court order rather than an agency, he has never missed a payment and paid nursery fees on top of the calculated payment for two years? however now she has asked for a copy of his p60 so it can be reviewed as she thinks he should be paying more (he pays a large amount already). Can we decrease the payments by either:- Him taking a lower earning job?- Applying for joint custody?- Going through the CMS so its a regular review so he just pays what he is told rather than more solicitors fees?Also can he ask for travel expenses to be taken into account as he drives over 1000 miles each month to pick them up and drop them back off?

Our Response:
He can certainly look at applying for travel expenses through a variation, please see link here. Your partner can see how much he would be paying through the CMS via the link here, so this can be used comparatively. It is highly unlikely he would be allowed joint custody if he applied to the courts on the basis of financial reasons and likewise, the courts will not allow joint-residency due to distance reasons. Taking a lower paid job would possibly reduce the level of his payments, but it is all relative and he is not likely to be any better off financially if he takes this route. However, he is not liable to pay nursery fees if this is not included in the current court order, except if nursery fees are needed when his kids are in his care.
SeparatedDads - 22-Feb-17 @ 11:52 AM
My partner and his ex divorced in 2015 with child maintenance agreed through a court order rather than an agency, he has never missed a payment and paid nursery fees on top of the calculated payment for two years? however now she has asked for a copy of his p60 so it can be reviewed as she thinks he should be paying more (he pays a large amount already).Can we decrease the payments by either: - Him taking a lower earning job? - Applying for joint custody? - Going through the CMS so its a regular review so he just pays what he is told rather than more solicitors fees? Also can he ask for travel expenses to be taken into account as he drives over 1000 miles each month to pick them up and drop them back off?
concerned - 21-Feb-17 @ 5:06 PM
My ex has challenged mynights over with my youngest son. Because of a bizarre calculation laid down by the tribunalthe youngest is 155.124 nights and the eldest is 201.nights The CMS has reduced the youngest to 2/7 although the tribunal for the previous year took the average of the combined. If they want to reduce the youngest to 2/7 should theynot increase the eldest to 50%
Tiredout45 - 21-Feb-17 @ 1:16 PM
Hi, I went on paternity 2 weeks ago with my new child but didn't pay my 3 children from 2 previous relationships because of this. Should I back date for the 2 weeks I was off or am I not entitled too?
Jim - 17-Feb-17 @ 10:49 PM
Hi, I am paying maintenance for 2 daughters from previous marriage. The payments have been done through CSA before. I contacted my ex to agree direct payment not to go through new agency. I never missed any payment and girls coming regularly to spend weekends and holidays with us. However my ex ignored me and contacted CMS and the result is that I have to pay about £80 more. We are strugling with money as we have 3 years old triplets in my second marriage but obviously my ex did not care. I have to pay and always had to pay for all travel costs for girls to visit me. They don't live in the same city. I don't really know how new agency calculates maintenance, why I have to pay more. When do my payments stop for my older daughter who is 19 and finishing college in June, going to UNI in September. Do I have to pay over summer. She will vbe spending a lot of time with us and not her mother. Thank you John
Johnda - 17-Feb-17 @ 4:02 PM
Kellylou - Your Question:
My sons father is due to pay me my child support tomorrow but as just text and said he cant now til end of month can he do this or does he have to give me notice

Our Response:
It depends whether you ex is paying via a family-based arrangement, or through CMS. If it is family-based, you agree between you when he pays. If he messes you about in this agreement, then you may wish to consider making the arrangement via the CMS. Then, he will fall into arrears when he doesn't pay.
SeparatedDads - 15-Feb-17 @ 12:53 PM
My sons father is due to pay me my child support tomorrow but as just text and said he cant now til end of month can he do this or does he have to give me notice
Kellylou - 14-Feb-17 @ 8:08 PM
Stuart - Your Question:
My wife wanted me to leave, so I did. I have 4 Children 10,7,3 and 2 who she has kept. I am currently unemployed as I took redundancy and have been living from that, but now looking again. I've moved away, can anyone advise me of what I need to do as its all new to me!RegardsStu

Our Response:
If you are not earning, or claiming benefits (when you would be classed at having to pay flat rate), then you will be exempt from paying child maintenance until you are in receipt of an assessible income.
SeparatedDads - 14-Feb-17 @ 2:50 PM
My wife wanted me to leave, so I did. I have 4 Children 10,7,3 and 2 who she has kept. I am currently unemployed as I took redundancy and have been living from that, but now looking again. I've moved away, can anyone advise me of what I need to do as its all new to me! Regards Stu
Stuart - 13-Feb-17 @ 8:25 PM
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