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Posted 18 October 2016
by Ricky Noble

Child Maintenance

Child maintenance is regular, dependable financial maintenance that assists towards a child’s daily living costs. The parent who doesn’t have main day-to-day care of the child pays child maintenance to the parent who does. In certain situations, the person receiving maintenance can be a grandparent or guardian.

If you arrange child maintenance by agreement between you, you’re able to choose the amount one parent pays the other. However it is a good idea to check the sum you agree against what the Child Maintenance Service would calculate the amount to be. If you can’t agree how much child maintenance one parent should pay the other, you can ask the Child Maintenance Service to calculate it for you. There are numerous factors that will be taken into account as follows:

  • the income of the paying parent
  • how many children you have
  • how much time they spend with the paying parent
  • whether the paying parent is paying child maintenance for other children

You’re usually expected to pay child maintenance until your child is 16, or until they’re 20 if they’re in school or college full time.

There are different rates of child maintenance according to the paying parent’s gross weekly income.

Many parents agree to share the care of their children. If your children spend time with the paying parent, this will decrease the amount of child maintenance paid. The amount of child maintenance is reduced for each child who spends time with the paying parent. If your child is with the paying parent between:

  • 52 and 103 nights: child maintenance is reduced by 1/7th for each child
  • 104 and 155 nights: child maintenance is reduced by 2/7th for each child
  • 156 and 174 nights: child maintenance is reduced by 3/7th for each child
  • 175 nights or more nights: child maintenance is reduced by 50%, plus an extra £7 a week reduction for each child

You can carry out a Child Maintenance Service calculation at:-

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About the author

Ricky Noble


Paralegal within our family team