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Friday 18 October 2013

How do I arrange child maintenance after separating from my partner?

Child maintenance is regular, reliable financial support that helps towards a child's living costs.

There are various ways you can arrange this:
 

  •     informally between yourselves
  •     as part of an agreed court order upon divorce
  •     through the Child Support Agency/Child Maintenance Service
  •     through the court for a "top-up" payment if the absent parent's income is in excess of £156,000 per year


There is a new gross income formula which is currently being introduced by the child Maintenance Service where the absent parent is assessed to pay a percentage of their gross income (rather than their net income as was previously the case.)

For more advice contact Erica Cottrell or Tina Coward on 01722 410664.