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By: Anna Martin - Updated: 17 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Child Custody Residency Disputes Courts

In the UK child custody law determines who should be responsible for the care and charge of a child, after divorce or separation. The term custody is now more commonly referred to as residency - indicating where the children's main residence is, following a parental break up.

In the many cases, parents preference is for joint custody (or residency), which enables the child to spend an equal amount of time with each parent. This option also allows both parents to participate in any decision making which may affect the child. However, if parents are unable to decide amicably on what living arrangement is best for their child, the courts will decide on their behalf.

Parent Vs Parent

Most bitter disputes between married couples end up in the family courts. Whilst the separation and ensuing bitterness will undoubtedly affect the children it's important to remember that:
  • Most child residency court cases end amicably with either agreed residency or joint residency as the outcome
  • Access and maintenance payments from the non resident parent are also taken into consideration
  • In disputed cases each parent is individually assessed before a decision on which parent is given custody of the child, or children, is made

The best interests of the child is the general standard at the heart of all residency cases.

Joint Residency

Joint residency is considered to be the preferred solution as being in the best interests of most children.

BUT...there are no laws or 'rights' that state that a child should live specifically with either the mother or father.

Assuming you both have parental responsibility it is up to you to negotiate residency on the basis of what is best for the children. Many couples neglect to consider this fact and err on the side of what they themselves would prefer (or what suits them).

If you cannot come to an agreement, you should try mediation first. If that is unsuccessful, the courts will become involved and will issue a court order based on what it sees as appropriate.

Joint Residency Reflect Modern Society

The choice of joint residency, reflects the changes in society and takes into consideration work that mothers do outside of the home and a more hands-on approach of child care by fathers. By allowing both parents to have an equal share in the physical care of their child, or children, all legal rights connected to responsibilities and obligations to children are divided.

Custody Disputes

Most custody disputes involve the child’s mother and father. However, in some cases a third party – a grandparent, for instance – may seek custody at the time of a parent’s death or incapacity. If a couple has never married - making provisions for the care of their child may also develop into a dispute. Generally though a court will accept that a parent is in the best position to maintain the welfare of their child.

Unusual Circumstances

In some rare circumstances one parent may be permanently excluded from having any access to their child. However, the court has the right to change the decision at any point in time, should the parent’s circumstances change. The parent is able to re-apply for access at any time, and once an application is made the court may reconsider arrangements after examining evidence.

The Court Decides

The courts will generally accept custody arrangements that parents submit as part of their separation agreement. To ensure these arrangements serve the child’s interests the courts will review the plan. The role that grandparents, step-parents and other influential adults play in the child’s life may also be taken into consideration by the courts.

Changing Or Regaining Custody

Changing a child’s residency arrangements is possible. In order to support the change, substantial evidence of the stability the child will need to be submitted. There are many other factors to consider, which may include relocation of a parent, stability of employment, integration of the child into the new environment etc.

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I separated from my ex wife nearly 7 years ago. We have 3 children together. My son is now 16 and my two girls are 13 and 8. For the past 6.5 years we have shared custody. I have them 6 out of 14 nights as the ex wouldn't allow me to have them 7 out of 14 nights and at the start (when the separation first happened) my son refused to stop at mine on a couple of occasions in the first few months. Anyway it has worked well for past 6.5 years and after the first few months my son was settled into the routine and didn't complain about staying with me. In the first contact from her solicitors it did state that I had them less but in later documents it stated I had them 6 out of 14 nights. Anyway we got divorced 5 years ago and I have since remarried. Since I've got remarried (May this year) my ex started texting me sayingthat I cant have them on some of my weekends as she has plans. In June she also took all of them on holiday during term time without even checking with me or the school. She's has also text me and told me when I can and can't have them over Christmas. She says I don't have any say as she's the main career as she has them 1 night more than me. I receive child benefit for my son but she receives it for the girls. I agreed when we first split that I wouldn't claim any other benefits as this would effect how much benefit she received. We BOTH buy the kids clothes, Inc school clothes we split costs of school trips ect. Anyway as she keeps changing things , 4 weeks ago I asked if we can go to mediation as I would like to get things set in stone as it's not fair to keep changing the plans that have been stuck to for over 6 years. She kicked off and has told our son (without me) on his 16th birthday that as he's now 16 he can choose where he wants to live. I totally disagree with this as my son hadnt questioned the current arrangement or said they aren't happy or that they want to change where he stays and when! It's not fair to put that pressure on him especially now he's just about to start his GCSES. Plus it should be something that is discussed jointly first not just because my ex is trying to play games because I have suggested mediation. The ex is also now saying that the original solicitors docs say I had them less so she will go back to this even though for the past 6.5 years it's been as stated above. I have tried to tell her that im not suggesting mediation to change arrangements but just to get it more set in stone. Please help is she going to stop me from seeing my kids, it's been driving me mad for weeks as I can't afford to see the solicitor again until after Christmas
R#bates - 17-Nov-17 @ 11:01 PM
My partners ex has just been arrested for a violent crime, she wants to know if that is grounds to seek sole custody and retraining order on him for my safety. If. So, how do we start the process? If not, what can we do to ensure his access to the children is safe? Do we need to have attended visits etc? How do we do this? Thanks
Smithy - 14-Nov-17 @ 10:17 AM
Louise - Your Question:
My 16 yr old had an argument with me she stopped the weekend at her fathers & they both came tonight saying she wants to live with him & he says at 16 I can’t stop her.All the problem is is that I make her do chores.i have residency order is this true

Our Response:
If you have a residency order, then your child should officially live with you. If your ex keeps your child outside the residency order, then he is in breach of the order and the police may be able to return your child to you. If your ex wishes to challenge the terms of the order, then he should refer the matter to court. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the child in question. The court will always put the child’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
ChildSupportLaws - 13-Nov-17 @ 11:36 AM
Unknown - Your Question:
The father of my child had a nervous breakdown earlier this year, and I won’t go into the details but he eventually ended up in a homeless shelter in Chicago (he is American). Prior to his breakdown, he was caring for our son who was 16 months old at the time while I was working. My ex left the country 6 months ago, he hasn’t been in touch or asked about his son for 2 months of that. How do I go about seeking full custody to protect my child? I am scared that his father may find a way back to England and still be in an unfit mental state. Thank you

Our Response:
By the natural fact you are the primary carer of your child you have 'custody'. Do you feel your ex may harm your/his child? There is a massive difference between being mentally vulnerable and having a nervous breakdown and having the will to harm your own child. Only if you feel your ex may harm his child should you seek a child arrangement order, please see link here . Otherwise, it may be that your child's father is unwell and unable to make contact, which is completely understandable if he is going through a particularly emotionally and psychologically difficult time.
ChildSupportLaws - 13-Nov-17 @ 9:26 AM
My 16 yr old had an argument with me she stopped the weekend at her fathers & they both came tonight saying she wants to live with him & he says at 16 I can’t stop her .All the problem is is that I make her do chores .i have residency order is this true
Louise - 12-Nov-17 @ 7:35 PM
The father of my child had a nervous breakdown earlier this year, and I won’t go into the details but he eventually ended up in a homeless shelter in Chicago (he is American). Prior to his breakdown, he was caring for our son who was 16 months old at the time while I was working. My ex left the country 6 months ago, he hasn’t been in touch or asked about his son for 2 months of that. How do I go about seeking full custody to protect my child? I am scared that his father may find a way back to England and still be in an unfit mental state. Thank you
Unknown - 12-Nov-17 @ 3:07 AM
I have a 9 year old and 17 month old son. My husband is stating he expects 50:50 residency of both children as we are divorcing. My 17 mth old is still very dependent on me ( currently breast fed) and I have always been his main carer. He states he will go to court to ensure he has 50:50 whilst my youngest Is still so young. Will the courts favour him because they are so keen on the joint residency that your article states? I feel he is too young to be away from me so much of the time. If I get most of his residency rights then I worry my older son will miss out on his sibling relationship being away from him 50% of the time- could there be a case on these grounds for having my eldest more than 50% of the time?
Jane - 10-Nov-17 @ 9:13 PM
Sara - Your Question:
I have a friend who has just split with his emotionally abusive wife, they have 2 kids together and she has remained in the house he is paying for. They will be going through a divorce and currently are having equal time with the children however she always threatens him that he will never see them again. Whenever he has his time with them as well she is constantly calling (every few hours asking to speak to them). He sends her money every week, she has never worked and the children are 6 and 4. She would even withhold them from going to school - as she doesn't drive it's the fathers family who picks them up every day and drive them to school. My friend and his family have always cared for the children, she is emotionally unstable and relies heavily on antidepressants as well as benefits. What grounds would he have to full custody? She is also sending him abusive messages every day - to him and his family.

Our Response:
Generally it is the person who is the day-to-day primary carer of the children, who remains the carer of the children. A court will rarely hand children over to the other parent to care for the children, unless there is a very good reason. Your friend may wish to seek legal advice regarding pursuing this issue. However, before any court order can be allowed, mediation has to take place first. We cannot comment on whether your friend would be allowed residency of the children via court, this would have to be assessed through Cafcass and decided upon by a judge. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the children in question. The court will always put the children’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
ChildSupportLaws - 10-Nov-17 @ 11:05 AM
Immigration issues,- Your Question:
Im the father of a 2year old daughter, my current partners documents visa has just ran out, shes suppose to go back home but is saving our money to renew her passport and then leave me. Personally dont want to be taken for a fool, so who has child custody in u.k. the father, me who has a job, a house and residency. Or my partner who wants to leave me and is currently illegal.p but wants child custody anyway.

Our Response:
Generally, it is the parent who is the day-to-day/primary carer of the child who is given preference.
ChildSupportLaws - 10-Nov-17 @ 10:15 AM
Im the father of a 2year old daughter, my current partners documents visa has just ran out, shes suppose to go back home but is saving our money to renew her passport and then leave me. Personally dont want to be taken for a fool, so who has child custody in u.k. the father, me who has a job, a house and residency. Or my partner who wants to leave me and is currently illegal.p but wants child custody anyway.
Immigration issues, - 9-Nov-17 @ 4:28 PM
Anonymous- Your Question:
Splitting from partner of 5 years, daughter is 4. Trying to arrange visits as he works all the time even for Thursday till Sunday. but he wants her full time. however she would want to stay with me as I have been the main parental role in her life, how would I go about this situation ?

Our Response:
You would have to suggest mediation to your ex in order to attempt to resolve the matter outside of court.
ChildSupportLaws - 9-Nov-17 @ 3:22 PM
Splitting from partner of 5 years, daughter is 4. Trying to arrange visits as he works all the time even for Thursday till Sunday. but he wants her full time. however she would want to stay with me as I have been the main parental role in her life, how would I go about this situation ?
Anonymous - 8-Nov-17 @ 10:32 PM
I have a friend who has just split with his emotionally abusive wife, they have 2 kids together and she has remained in the house he is paying for. They will be going through a divorce and currently are having equal time with the children however she always threatens him that he will never see them again. Whenever he has his time with them as well she is constantly calling (every few hours asking to speak to them). He sends her money every week, she has never worked and the children are 6 and 4. She would even withhold them from going to school - as she doesn't drive it's the fathers family who picks them up every day and drive them to school. My friend and his family have always cared for the children, she is emotionally unstable and relies heavily on antidepressants as well as benefits. What grounds would he have to full custody? She is also sending him abusive messages every day - to him and his family.
Sara - 8-Nov-17 @ 10:22 PM
Rividar- Your Question:
My husband has a child from a previous marriage and currently his son lives with his mother however we have concerns over his welfare. For the past 18 months he has been truanting from school, we don't believe he's being bullied as we've asked him multiple times and we have tried to inplement rules that we all stick to however his mother is not consistent and doesn't seem to care. He can be left on his own in the house from 7 in the morning until 9.30 at night with very little to eat. He is 14, so not a very young child but still a minor nonetheless. She doesn't cook so he doesn't have the best diet either and we really feel he would be better off living with us because his education and health is at risk. She's also suffered with mental health issues in the past. We live 100 miles away from them as she moved away after the divorce. Where would we stand with trying to get sole custody of him and could this be a lengthy process? We don't want his education to be impacted negatively anymore than neccessary given he is coming up to very important years, so would like there to be a quick and smooth transition for him if getting sole custody is achievable

Our Response:
Before your husband can take the route of custody, your husband would have to have to try to discuss his concerns with his child's mother directly. If she does not respond, he could push for mediation as a way of trying to bring these issues to light and resolve them outside court. For instance, your husband could request that if his ex is struggling to care for his son, then his son should come and live with him and you. Your husband could bring to light his truancy and unruly behaviour and lack of home care as a good reason. Court is always seen as the last option. However, if your husband thinks his child is being neglected, please see link here , he also may wish to seek professional advice regarding his options. Discussion first is key, but if at any time he feels he needs to step in, then he may have to take the issue to court. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the child in question. The court will always put the child’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order. As a rule the court will try not to disrupt a child's life, but in some cases it may be necessary for the welfare of the child.
ChildSupportLaws - 7-Nov-17 @ 10:38 AM
My husband has a child from a previous marriage and currently his son lives with his mother however we have concerns over his welfare. For the past 18 months he has been truanting from school, we don't believe he's being bullied as we've asked him multiple times and we have tried to inplement rules that we all stick to however his mother is not consistent and doesn't seem to care. He can be left on his own in the house from 7 in the morning until 9.30 at night with very little to eat. He is 14, so not a very young child but still a minor nonetheless. She doesn't cook so he doesn't have the best diet either and we really feel he would be better off living with us because his education and health is at risk. She's also suffered with mental health issues in the past. We live 100 miles away from them as she moved away after the divorce. Where would we stand with trying to get sole custody of him and could this be a lengthy process? We don't want his education to be impacted negatively anymore than neccessary given he is coming up to very important years, so would like there to be a quick and smooth transition for him if getting sole custody is achievable
Rividar - 6-Nov-17 @ 7:12 PM
Natasha - Your Question:
Hello, I am living outside UK and I have my child custody in my home country but my ex who eorks in UK threatens me that he applied for a court order and he got my child custodyIs this possible

Our Response:
It is highly unlikely a court would move a child from your care and from your home country to the UK.
ChildSupportLaws - 6-Nov-17 @ 12:17 PM
Hi I came last year to the UK as a student to finisj my bachelor. I got pregnant earlier this year with a man I met shortly before. We lived together but after many incidents I decided it's not a healthy environment for me and moved out. Since I'm pregnant I asked for a suspension from the University which I will restart in October 2018. In the meantime I am giving language lessons to support myself but need a bit of help from my parents also. I don't know if I should stay here or go back to my home country and have the baby there. I want the father to be part of the childs life and I want to stay in London but I'm afraid that in my situation (not currenlty studying and not able to work) I may risk him fighting for custody. The relationship is difficult and his mood changes a lot so I don't want to risk seeing myself alone and unsupported here or without any rights. I'm very confused regarding what is best to do in this situation and I still have time to have the baby at home and then come back a few months after or when I restart University. I just want to make sure I'm legal here even in this case of interrupted studies and a side job as I physically can't do more.
Sophia - 6-Nov-17 @ 7:54 AM
Hello, I am living outside UK and i have my child custody in my home country but my ex who eorks in UK threatens me that he applied for a court order and he got my child custody Is this possible
Natasha - 4-Nov-17 @ 5:35 PM
SouthernManc78 - Your Question:
I am in the process of separating from my wife and we have a 6 year old daughter, the reason for the separation (and divorce) is she has been unfaithful having an affair with another man for several months. The affair ended because he was violent towards her and assaulted her several times over a period of weeks. We tried to reconcile our marriage but it has broken down again because I found out she is again back with this same guy who abused her, I know she needs professional help to be able to be strong enough to not keep going back to her abuser but that is something she isn't open to. Either way we are separating, my question is regarding custody of my daughter and how likely I am to get sole custody if I try based on the fact she will be in a relationship with an abusive man and I don't want my child to be around that environment

Our Response:
If you can, this would have to be agreed between you mutually. Talking to your wife and voicing your concerns about you not wanting your daughter subjected to this man, is your first option. If you still cannot both agree, then suggesting mediation would be your next option to try to resolve the issue. Mediation is when two or more parties meet to resolve problems before the matter reaches court. It is most often used in family proceedings. It is a formal negotiation and courts can accept the agreement of the mediation instead of having to go through the court process, although it is subject to final court approval. Mediation takes place in front of a neutral third party. The mediator has no pre-conceptions and will not force you to make an agreement. They will assist the two parties in taking turns in the conversation, and helping you reach a decision that you are ready to agree with. Mediators do not pass judgment or offer guidance; they are there, in effect, to facilitate conversation between the two sides. If you both still cannot come to a mutual arrangement, then the last option would be to apply to court. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the child in question. The court will always put the child’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order. If you have any evidence of this man's assault on your wife and/or if he has a police record, this will help your argument for co-parenting or residency of your child.
ChildSupportLaws - 3-Nov-17 @ 11:17 AM
Tasha - Your Question:
Hi I've just gone through a divorce with my ex under unreasonable behaviour due to his drug taking while we was together and shouting in the presence of the children. I'm just wanting to know IF we was wanting to go to court over rights of the children which I don't want to do but he thinks just incase it does happen will the divorce reason affect a clear hearing for him in court over the children. He is a great dad to the children which I will not fault. the reasons in the divorce were between the relationship with me and him. Thank you

Our Response:
In order to be allowed to apply to court for access arrangement over the children, you would firstly have to consider mediation as a way of trying to resolve any issues you cannot agree on. Otherwise, it is up to you and your ex to agree an access arrangement mutually. Court is only ever seen as a last resort.
ChildSupportLaws - 3-Nov-17 @ 10:59 AM
I am in the process of separating from my wife and we have a 6 year old daughter, the reason for the separation (and divorce) is she has been unfaithful having an affair with another man for several months. The affair ended because he was violent towards her and assaulted her several times over a period of weeks. We tried to reconcile our marriage but it has broken down again because I found out she is again back with this same guy who abused her, I know she needs professional help to be able to be strong enough to not keep going back to her abuser but that is something she isn't open to. Either way we are separating, my question is regarding custody of my daughter and how likely I am to get sole custody if I try based on the fact she will be in a relationship with an abusive man and I don't want my child to be around that environment
SouthernManc78 - 2-Nov-17 @ 12:21 PM
Hi I've just gone through a divorce with my ex under unreasonable behaviour due to his drug taking while we was together and shouting in the presence of the children. I'm just wanting to know IF we was wanting to go to court over rights of the children which I don't want to do but he thinks just incase it does happen will the divorce reason affect a clear hearing for him in court over the children. He is a great dad to the children which I will not fault. the reasons in the divorce were between the relationship with me and him. Thank you
Tasha - 2-Nov-17 @ 11:36 AM
Gemma - Your Question:
My son is 7 Months breastfed and has never been left alone with his dad who is an alcoholic. We separated 3 months ago and now my ex wants to take me to court. Will I made to let my son stay unsupervised with him?

Our Response:
If you can prove your son's father is an alcoholic, then it is highly unlikely a court would allow unsupervised contact. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the child in question. The court will always put the child’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
ChildSupportLaws - 2-Nov-17 @ 10:45 AM
My son is 7 Months breastfed and has never been left alone with his dad who is an alcoholic. We separated 3 months ago and now my ex wants to take me to court. Will I made to let my son stay unsupervised with him?
Gemma - 1-Nov-17 @ 2:34 PM
Sardar - Your Question:
HiMy sister is in uk on spouse visa her husband is french national and kids as well are are under 10years of age. My sister visa is expire and home affairs issue him leave the country notice while sister husband open a case against her and get step orders against removal of children from uk to france. My aister write an application to court that allow her to go to france where she got residence and as well as she can work and also she have access to public funds. What you think court will decide to aloow her to leave the uk to frnace with children please reply me

Our Response:
It is very difficult to predict what a court will decide. If your sister is the day-to-day primary carer of her children and she can provide proof that she can give the children a good life in France, then there is no reason why the court wouldn't allow her to take the children, especially if her visa is due to expire and the husband has been asked to leave the country also (if I have interpreted this correctly). If she just keeps in mind that, as in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the children in question. The court will always put the children’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
ChildSupportLaws - 31-Oct-17 @ 10:13 AM
Gigi - Your Question:
I'm trying to negotiate with my ex regarding changing the time he has the our children so they can on club camps etc I feel this is an important part of their growing up to develop friendships. The ideas I have given him don't reduce the amount of time he has with this but he refuses to allow any changes. Can you recommend anything to help us?

Our Response:
Mediation, is your only option. Mediation is when two or more parties meet to resolve problems before the matter reaches court. It is most often used in family proceedings. It is a formal negotiation and courts can accept the agreement of the mediation instead of having to go through the court process, although it is subject to final court approval. Mediation takes place in front of a neutral third party. The mediator has no pre-conceptions and will not force you to make an agreement. They will assist the two parties in taking turns in the conversation, and helping you reach a decision that you are ready to agree with. Mediators do not pass judgment or offer guidance; they are there, in effect, to facilitate conversation between the two sides.
ChildSupportLaws - 30-Oct-17 @ 3:50 PM
Hi My sister is in uk on spouse visa her husband is french national and kids as well are are under 10years of age. My sister visa is expire and home affairs issue him leave the country notice while sister husband open a case against her and get step orders against removal of children from uk to france. My aister write an application to court that allow her to go to france where she got residence and as well as she can work and also she have access to public funds . What you think court will decide to aloow her to leave the uk to frnace with children please reply me
Sardar - 30-Oct-17 @ 3:06 PM
Worriedmom - Your Question:
Hi. When I was pregnant with my youngest of two children my partner became severely mentally ill. I stayed until my children were 1& 2 but things were really tough, I began suffering domestic violence, & there was no help for us from anywhere, so I eventually moved far away. For 5 years we did not see my children's father. I kept contact with his family, although none of them ever visited us, despite being offered lots of times, it was always down to me to take my young children to them. I would also try calling my children's father, I wrote to him, & when I visited me & his family would let him know, in order for him to see his children. Then he finally got sectioned under the mental health act. I am unsure of the final actions that led to him being taken into hospital as his family wouldn not tell me. He is doing well at the moment, and sees a social worker regularly, however, my children are now 8 & 9 & have only seen their father a handful of times in 7 years. He never gives any money towards their upbringing. And my children seem quite intimidated by him. He calls every once in a while to say he wants to come & collect them to take them to stay with him. there is a 3 hour drive between us. The children really aren't comfortable with this idea & neither am I. I have requested him to take me to court rather than trying to force me to agree to something that, I feel, is in no one else's best interests other than his. I understand it must be difficult for him, but he needs to understand that how the children feel matters more than how he feels. His family refuse to talk to me now, & in turn don't speak to the children either. I go to work, my kids are happily settled at the school they have always gone to, with excellent attendance, & lots of friends. I've been the sole person financially, physically, & emotionally responsible for their wellbeing for all these years. With no support around me as I felt I would only be safe if I moved far away from everyone & everything I had ever known. I cannot allow this for my children. Any advice is most welcome.

Our Response:
You don't have to agree to anything that you feel is not in your children's best interests. Your ex's only recourse would be to suggest mediation as a way of coming to an agreement that suits you both. If you refuse to attend mediation, then your ex would have the option to apply to court. However, if your children's father has limited access to date, it is unlikely that if any access was granted through the courts it would be unsupervised. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the children in question. The court will always put the children’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order.
ChildSupportLaws - 30-Oct-17 @ 2:19 PM
I'm trying to negotiate with my ex regarding changing the time he has the our children so they can on club camps etc I feel this is an important part of their growing up to develop friendships. The ideas I have given him don't reduce the amount of time he has with this but he refuses to allow any changes. Can you recommend anything to help us?
Gigi - 29-Oct-17 @ 8:54 PM
Hi my friend is in prison for a section 18 on a male and has to kids and him and his wife are now getting a divorce she has told him that she will get all rights to the kids and he lost all rights over them and can’t ever get anyresidencyOver them and he has to sign them over to her and there’s nothing he can do about it please could you give me some advice on this so I can let me know where he stands many thanks
Jonny - 28-Oct-17 @ 7:55 PM
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