Professional legal advice for your Child Maintenance arrangements
If you are going through a divorce or separation, you may need to make arrangements with your former spouse or partner for child maintenance. Our family law solicitors can help you to determine a fair amount to be paid and the best ways to formalise the arrangements.
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What is Child Maintenance?
Child maintenance is an arrangement between you and the other parent of your child. It covers how your child’s living costs will be paid for when one of the parents no longer live with them.
Both parties are responsible for the costs of raising their children, even if they do not see them or spend time with them.
An amicable agreement can sometimes be made between both parents on how much money should be provided. This agreement can be flexible and could include matters such as payments for child care provision and nursery fees, school uniforms, breakfast clubs and after school clubs. Child maintenance is usually paid up until the child reaches 16 years of age, unless they continue in full-time education.
How much maintenance will be paid?
The amount paid will vary depending on the number of children involved. Maintenance payments for a child are often considered in line with the guidance given under a Government scheme, the Child Maintenance Service.
What other financial provisions can be decided?
Aside from regular maintenance payments, a court may have other considerations regarding financial support. This may include the transfer of a property or supplying a home, or private education fees among other things. With the help of professional legal advice you will be able to find a suitable arrangement that takes account of these and all other relevant considerations.
What does the Court take into account?
If you do need to make an application to the court for other financial provisions, it will consider various financial aspects of the parents and child including income and assets, financial needs and responsibilities, any disabilities and educational requirements. They will also look at the foreseeable future and what may be necessary.
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How can Switalskis help me?
Our family law team can help you to agree how much child maintenance should be provided for the benefit of your child. We understand that every case is different and provide a personal and friendly service. We will help you through every step of the process and make sure that you do not get lost in legal jargon.