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.