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How Much Will I Have To Pay?

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 8 Jul 2018 |
 
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Child maintenance is financial support that helps towards your child's everyday living expenses and is paid on a regular basis. The parent that pays child maintenance is the non-resident parent i.e. the one who does not live with the child or have day-to-day care for the child. Child maintenance is paid to the parent the child lives with (the resident parent). In some cases, this may not be a parent, such as a grandparent or guardian with full care.

Why pay maintenance?

Paying maintenance for your child is extremely important. The person with full care of your child will no doubt be doing their best, however, the extra money that you pay can help to give your children a more stable and better quality upbringing. Maintenance payments will generally go towards food, clothes, school trips, books, toys and games, toiletries, medicines, childcare, activities, etc.

How much to pay?

The amount of child maintenance that you have to pay as a non-resident parent depends on a number of factors such as income, the number of children living with you and the number of children you have, whether you are the resident parent, are in receipt of benefits and whether or not the child also stays with you sometimes.

Types of maintenance arrangement

There are two main ways to arrange child maintenance:
  • Family-based arrangement
  • Child Support Agency (CSA) or Child Maintenance Service (CMS)

If you are on good terms with the resident parent, it may be that you can come to some arrangement about how much you pay and how often.

The alternative and most popular option is to pay maintenance through the CSA and CMS.

How is child maintenance calculated?

The CSA and CMS calculates maintenance, whilst taking into account several factors which includes net weekly income (CSA), gross weekly income (CMS).

The four rates applied to the non-resident parent's net weekly income include:

  • basic rate
  • reduced rate
  • flat rate
  • nil rate

Basic rate

Any new claims are now organised through the CMS. Between 2014 and 2017 the Child Support Agency (CSA) will contact all existing clients to end their current child maintenance arrangements to put in place a new arrangement.

The following information is based on existing calculations made via the CSA. For new claims via the CMS, you can contact the CMS directly on 0800 0835 130.

Reduced rate

If the non-resident parent earns between £100 and £200 per week, they will pay a flat rate plus a percentage of their weekly income. This will vary depending on how many children they have that require maintenance. The flat rate is £5 per week, plus 25% of their income for one child, 35% of their income for two children, and 45% of their income for three or more children.

Flat rate

If the non-resident parent earns between £5 and £100 per week, they will pay a flat rate of £5 per week. This includes people who are on state benefits, Job Seeker's Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Bereavement Allowance, Income Support, State Pensions and certain other benefits. This rate will be the same regardless of how many children they have. In the case of state benefits, the child maintenance is usually deducted at source.

Nil rate

If the non-resident parent earns less than £5 per week, for example if they are a full time student, are under 16 years old, in prison, 18 or under in further education (no higher than A level) or are in a care home, the nil rate will apply. This means that they will not be required to pay anything.

What if a parent has other children?

If a resident parent has children with several different non-resident parents, the CSA will make these calculations separately. For example, if a woman has two children by one father and one by another man, the men will only pay for their own children respectively. Similarly, if a non-resident parent is paying money to several children in different households, the CSA will generally divide the money equally between the children.

If the non-resident parent has some CSA arrangements and some Family-Arrangement maintenance then unfortunately, the CSA cannot take into account the Family-Arrangement maintenance paid. It can, however, take into account any court orders in relation to maintenance.

What happens if the child stays overnight with both parents?

If the child stays overnight with the non-resident parent at least 52 nights a year i.e. on average at least one night a week then both parents have "shared care".

In the case of the basic and reduced rates, the amount of child maintenance that the non-resident parent has to pay is reduced in equal proportion to time the child stays with them. For example, if a parent is to pay £35 per week in maintenance but the child stays with the resident parent for 2 out of 7 nights per week, that £35 will be split into sevenths i.e. £35 divided by 7 nights x 5 nights that the child lives with the resident parent = £25. This is in addition to the flat rate of £5 which is always to be paid.

For the flat and nil rates, the amount to pay is nil.

What happens if the parent with care claims benefits?

Previously if the resident parent was claiming child maintenance, they were not always able to claim in full for benefits . However, since April 2010, benefits will not be affected by the amount of child maintenance received.

What happens if the non-resident parent is self-employed?

Calculations are made in the same way for self-employed non-resident parents as those who are employed. The CSA does have to calculate the earnings differently by working out the average weekly earnings for the past tax year. If this cannot be done, i.e. the business has not been up and running for a full year, then the CSA will use the gross income of the business to date. Reasonable business expenses and VAT are then deducted to obtain a weekly income figure, which is used to determine which rate of child maintenance should be paid.

What happens if the non-resident parent refuses to give their financial information to the CSA?

If a non-resident parent refuses to give information and it cannot be obtained from other sources, then a "default maintenance decision" is applied. This is a default rate which is as follows:

  • £30 a week for one child
  • £40 a week for 2 children
  • £50 a week for 3 or more children

The non-resident parent must pay from the date that the default maintenance decision was applied.

Other Factors

The CSA can also consider other elements before making a determination on maintenance payments. These can include fees for boarding school, special expenses that the non-resident parent pays for disabled children who live with them, mortgage payments for a property in which the parent with care and the child/children live (as long as the non-resident no longer has a legal interest in it) or loan payments for a loan taken out for the family's benefit while the non-resident parent was still living with the parent with care and the child/children.

Challenging the Decision

If you are not paying child support or have an application against you can find out if you have to pay child support. It is possible to ask the CSA to review a decision on maintenance payments.

Do you have to notify the CSA of changes to your circumstances?

The answer is yes. If you have a change in circumstances, you must notify the CSA/CMS immediately. If you are paying less than you should be then your child could suffer. Additionally, if the CSA/CMS finds out, you may have to make up for what you should have been paying. More positively, you could be paying too much and the figure needs to be lowered. You must also keep the CSA informed of any change of address.

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Beth - Your Question:
I have a newborn child. My ex wants to pay maintenance but he is self employed saying his hours of work are unpredictable. I have asked for his gross income for 2016/2017 but he is refusing to share this information with me. He is asking to have a new born child over nights, when he can’t even change the nappy, or is very nervous around the baby and scared of holding the baby. My son isn’t drinking much fluids and I have been in hospital now for two weeks, he hasn’t bothered coming to see him or texted to ask how he is doing. He asked me what I need for maintenance payments so I suggested between £50-£60 a week and he doesn’t want to pay this.

Our Response:
Child maintenance and child access are two separate issues. If your ex doesn't want to pay the suggested child maintenance, you can apply via CMS. Please see link here . You can see more about arranging contact or access via the link here . If your child is newborn and you are breastfeeding, you may wish to come to a gradual contact arrangement. This can be organised through mediation, if you cannot agree between yourselves.
ChildSupportLaws - 10-Jul-18 @ 3:19 PM
I have a newborn child. My ex wants to pay maintenance but he is self employed saying his hours of work are unpredictable. I have asked for his gross income for 2016/2017 but he is refusing to share this information with me. He is asking to have a new born child over nights, when he can’t even change the nappy, or is very nervous around the baby and scared of holding the baby. My son isn’t drinking much fluids and I have been in hospital now for two weeks, he hasn’t bothered coming to see him or texted to ask how he is doing. He asked me what I need for maintenance payments so I suggested between £50-£60 a week and he doesn’t want to pay this.
Beth - 8-Jul-18 @ 8:19 PM
Wayne - Your Question:
Hi. my wife left me in March 2017, and took my then 14 month old son. they went to Ireland to start with for 10 days, which I found out from her mother. when she returned,she said she had moved away and was renting elsewhere. I stayed in our rented flat at 1st, until she informed me that she would have to return after her 6 month contract, as she couldn't afford private renting. I went along with it , and kept the flat going, and planned to move out on the date she was to return. I had contact with my son whenever my shift work allowed, and my wife didn't make it easy, claiming my son had nursery Monday-Thursday.She moved back to the flat, and I moved into a rented room with no arguments. things have got worse as times gone by, and since my wife moved back to the flat, she was only there for a few days, before moving out again. I have never known where my son lives, and asked her for address, so my solicitor could send divorce papers. This was never received at address given, and solicitor advised she never lived there. Divorce papers were sent to her parents, which she received, and turned nastier. I am still waiting for her to agree to divorce. I now haven't seen my son for 13 weeks, and she hardly responds to my text's. she has said to stop contacting her, or she will get me done for harassment. i have always, and continue to transfer her monthly money, which CSA worked out for me as a fair ammount.What can I do please?

Our Response:
If you do not know the address of where your child is living, then you can apply for a C4 form (which is an application for the disclosure of a child's whereabouts) alongside your C100 child arrangement form, please see link here . If you do not know where your child is living, then you can apply directly for a child arrangement order without having to attend mediation first. The C4 form will allow the courts to trace your child so that you can bring the matter to court. If you cannot afford legal fees, you can self-litigate, please see link here. The C4 form can be accessed via the link here . I hope this helps.
ChildSupportLaws - 12-Jun-18 @ 12:12 PM
Star girl - Your Question:
My ex has suggested to court he works well over the hrs he has declared to CMS and is either lying about what he works to court to alter contact arrangements or lying to CMS about his earnings, what would be done in this instance?

Our Response:
It is a difficult question to answer as it is worded hypothetically. However, with regards to earnings, if he is employed and paying tax via HMRC, then the earnings figure is taken from the amount of tax he has paid annually. If your ex is self-employed, then it is more difficult to prove. To get a proper answer, you would have to clarify your question in more depth.
ChildSupportLaws - 12-Jun-18 @ 11:43 AM
My ex has suggested to court he works well over the hrs he has declared to CMS and is either lying about what he works to court to alter contact arrangements or lying to CMS about his earnings, what would be done in this instance?
Star girl - 11-Jun-18 @ 9:55 AM
Mistified - Your Question:
My husband has a 9 year with his ex partner. He has been giving his ex money based on our calculations using this webpage. But he isn't on the birth certificate. Every time he mentions it she stops contact. Where does he stand with paying maintenance while not being on the birth certificate. Also is my income taking into consideration when working out child support?

Our Response:
Your husband doesn't have to be registered on his child's birth certificate to be named as the father to CMS. All biological non-resident parents are responsible by law for paying towards the day-to-day financial care of their child regardless. If your husband wants to claim parental responsibility for his child, then please see link here . If your husband disputes his parentage, then please see link here . Your income is not counted when assessing child maintenance, as you are not deemed responsible for supporting your husband's child financially.
ChildSupportLaws - 11-Jun-18 @ 9:22 AM
Hi. my wife left me in March 2017, and took my then 14 month old son. they went to Ireland to start with for 10 days, which i found out from her mother. when she returned, she said she had moved away and was renting elsewhere. i stayed in our rented flat at 1st, until she informed me that she would have to return after her 6 month contract, as she couldn't afford private renting. i went along with it , and kept the flat going, and planned to move out on the date she was to return. I had contact with my son whenever my shift work allowed, and my wife didn't make it easy, claiming my son had nursery Monday-Thursday.She moved back to the flat, and i moved into a rented room with no arguments. things have got worse as times gone by, and since my wife moved back to the flat, she was only there for a few days, before moving out again. i have never known where my son lives, and asked her for address, so my solicitor could send divorce papers. This was never received at address given, and solicitor advised she never lived there. Divorce papers were sent to her parents, which she received, and turned nastier. i am still waiting for her to agree to divorce. i now haven't seen my son for13 weeks, and she hardly responds to my text's. she has said to stop contacting her, or she will get me done for harassment. i have always, and continue to transfer her monthly money, which CSA worked out for me as a fair ammount. What can i do please?
Wayne - 11-Jun-18 @ 1:25 AM
My husband has a 9 year with his ex partner. He has been giving his ex money based on our calculations using this webpage. But he isn't on the birth certificate. Every time he mentions it she stops contact. Where does he stand with paying maintenance while not being on the birth certificate. Also is my income taking into consideration when working out child support?
Mistified - 10-Jun-18 @ 9:24 AM
Hello Child support payments Cms is not a child tax ? Then why have they taxed me 50% of my nett income from my bank account how could the 60% protected nett earnings be in place ? The liability orders I've had have been 40% plus statory taxes paid The p60 states taxes where paid but the dishonest amounts taken as deductions are not I contact Cms like their letters state contact Cms to reach a resolve Going nowhere going round in circles it's a goverment policy contact your local mp and I'm hanging up now Or I'm shouted at over the phone Made out to be less than a person Because common sense is lacking in their theft of my income And it's allowed to be denied a living livable household income Because maximum debt maximum profit I'm in arrears by the service charge they took that has nothing to do with my children's needs or out of poverty Appeals rejected mp 7 times all rejected 17 months of collect and pay as a unreasonable contract payment amount Or the unrealistic expectation of working the shortfall in income Pay more in taxes gross will increase the following year So my csp go up by 100% Which is racketeering and profiteering This practice of punishments and scare tactics Is effecting my mental health and my ability to be employed Nobody in the country will go to work to lose 68% of their income at source either doe from wages or twoc from their bank account Tribuniall rejected their answer we can do what we like because we can 10 months out of work because Cms has priced my out of employment my was 1000 a month income that I've done fir 22 years is not enough for Cms The policy has to change I'm a person Not a wallet The monies taken by pwc from the state housing child and working tax credits I cannot put in what she has taken out I was on a contract of 140 hours a month at 7.75 an hour How is this system fair or balanced if 50% is what is needed by Cms 87 x5 = 435 a month For a 24% surcharge arrears and on going csp 33 x 4 = 126 I offered 10% as a fba after their instructions of paying 9 x times as a standing order Pwc gave me her bank details and I paid her directly to do away with this dishonest company that is Cms Cms said I could not do that and a liabilty order issued at 378 Again how is this 60% protected earnings if 18% is statory taxes Which Cms said it's a bit awkward so we do it by gross If tax has been paid how can they get the money twice if it's already been taken I said in my tribuniall I'm classed as a non entity and my children are a comodity that I can be exploited at source from my bank account at 50% of my income Best of intentionS gone wrong again The 0-100 £7 100-200 £14 200-3000 ? I had 225 a week nett And 435 is two weeks wages No the stress of being financially abused by a service that is a provision for children's needs I've had to access a food Bank 4 x because I've had no money for food or bills I'm a home owner was
Dave - 17-May-18 @ 7:42 AM
Ger - Your Question:
Hi we separated to my partner and we have 3childrens,eldest will be in first year high school this August and second in5class and youngest 5y old.their father is earning the same as me 1700 monthly but according to him he can only give 200 euro per month for the three.is this enough?coz he said if I ask more than that he prepare to go home to the country where he lives or he prepares to go to jail bcoz he dont want to work hard just to pay for child support.would he be exempted if ever he will run away?

Our Response:
If you and your ex live in the UK, then the basic rate paid via CMS for one child, they will pay 12% of their gross weekly income, two children, 16% and three or more children, they will pay 19% of their gross weekly income. If you have a family-based child maintenance arrangement, then a figure can be negotiated between you. If your ex decides to leave the country, there is a The Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Order (REMO) Unit that can help to register and enforce child maintenance orders internationally. However, this only applies to certain countries, you can find the list via the gov.uk link here.
ChildSupportLaws - 15-May-18 @ 12:57 PM
Hi we separated to my partner and we have 3childrens,eldest will be in first year high school this August and second in5class and youngest 5y old.their father is earning the same as me 1700 monthly but according to him he can only give 200 euro per month for the three.is this enough?coz he said if I ask more than that he prepare to go home to the country where he lives or he prepares to go to jail bcoz he dont want to work hard just to pay for child support .would he be exempted if ever he will run away?
Ger - 14-May-18 @ 8:55 PM
I have four year old and I have been paying child support for the pass 3 years. The most I was paying was $1577 monthly. Now I know all of the money is not going to my daughter. Since my daughter's mother has been collecting child support she has bought a new car. She refuses to give me back a TV i BOUGHT FOR $600 when we were together and she is always shopping. How do I fix this wrongful situation?
Malik - 14-May-18 @ 3:49 PM
I have a teenager who I have been paying £300 PCM to the resident parent for the last 4 years. This is an unofficial agreement, which I have no issue with paying but I have always suspected it is quite high for my income. My partner is expecting twins soon and I am sure this will affect how much I pay. I tried using the online maintenance calculator but it gets a bit confusing as I can say I have 1 child I pay maintenance for and 2 who live with me, but I cannot define how long they individually stay with me throughout the year. In this case the teenager is 2-3 nights per week and the twins will be 24/7. Will this affect how much I should pay?
CD211 - 11-May-18 @ 2:47 PM
Hi my partners Ex is demanding £400 pm for his 2yr old daughter. His ex does not work but my partner does. She has now stopped contact unless she gets £400 permonth. Can i just get some advice please
Kezza - 7-May-18 @ 4:53 PM
I am non resident father, two children staying 140 nights a year. I earn 3500 a month. CMS assessment but I also get blackmailed into providing many other additional costs. Resident mother earns 10000 a month and frequently leaves children overnight care of boyfriend and is clear the money I provide does not get used for childrens welfare. Do I have a right to challenge the CMS assessment, given it is leading to personal hardship for me which impacts on the care I can provide my children.
Teuchie - 3-May-18 @ 11:03 PM
Hal - Your Question:
Hi. Am I right in thinking. The csa (or new one) do not take childcare costs into consideration when factoring how much maintenance is paid? For example one parent who has same age child=same outgoings for childs daily costs woukd get the exact same amount as someone above who had a childcare bill of e.g900-1000 + and the ex parners also earned the same

Our Response:
Child maintenance is based solely on the gross income of the paying parent. You can see how child maintenance is calculated via the link here .
ChildSupportLaws - 26-Apr-18 @ 12:48 PM
Hi. Am I right in thinking. The csa (or new one) do not take childcare costs into consideration when factoring how much maintenance is paid? For example one parent who has same age child=same outgoings for childs daily costs woukd get the exact same amount as someone above who had a childcare bill of e.g 900-1000 + and the ex parners also earned the same
Hal - 24-Apr-18 @ 8:24 PM
@MM under the CSA net income scheme, the percentage of income paid was 15% for one qualifying child. Under the new gross income scheme it is 12%. Under the previous scheme many men (and women) were trying to avoid paying by putting money into pensions etc in order to bring down their net earnings and so they would pay less child maintenance. The gross income scheme was put in place to be more transperent and fair to try to prevent this happening. Some paying parents are actually better off. So if you want to blame it on anyone you can blame it on the fault of the people who were trying to get out of supporting their kids... not CSA.
JillN - 9-Apr-18 @ 3:36 PM
I have been paying CSA for a number of years and have just been notified by this new CMA department that my payments will now go up by 40.59%. I’ve just queried this and its apparently because the CMA’s calculation is a percentage of your taxable gross, how can this be legal? They’re ignoring income tax and NIC so calculating payments based on income that I don’t even get and which is much higher. How ican the government do this and can I legally challenge this?
MM - 7-Apr-18 @ 1:08 PM
Dibz - Your Question:
I have just split with my partner. We have two children but one is at college and starts uni this September. One child will be staying with him 2 nights a week. He earns approximately £30000 a year. How much will he have to pay. Also he says he doesn't have to pay any money to me he can put it in the children's bank accounts is this right as I thought the money was supposed to help with everyday living cost

Our Response:
If you will be classed as the primary carer of your child, you can work out the amount of child maintenance he will pay via the link here .
ChildSupportLaws - 27-Mar-18 @ 2:42 PM
I have just split with my partner. We have two children but one is at college and starts uni this September. One child will be staying with him 2 nights a week. He earns approximately £30000 a year. How much will he have to pay. Also he says he doesn't have to pay any money to me he can put it in the children's bank accounts is this right as I thought the money was supposed to help with everyday living cost
Dibz - 23-Mar-18 @ 7:22 PM
Dave - Your Question:
I am in the same position as lee :Lee Lee's Question:Divorced 5 years ago and ex wife has dragged me through the mud for reasons that she still doesn't explain. I put it down to some post natal change after our second child was born. Either way she earns three to four times wages I do. I'm on the bare minimum after having a mental crash and my business suffering. And constant abuse from my ex even after she moved cities. Which means I have to pay X amount to travel to pick up and drop them off as she refuses to drop them or meet half way. My main query is if she is earning three or four times more thane. How can it be justified that she claims off me ?? It's leadinge into further depression with her on sided demands and all the hard work I put into my business over 12 years I fear will go down the drain. Because I can't afford to keep up payments. She doesn't ' need ' she is being unreasonable spiteful and she constantly changes the goal posts when I can have the kids. If that wasn't bad enough arranged times at the strain station she hasn't turned up so I've wasted my money because she can't communicate properly. I'm so down with it all. Surely means testing should work both ways. How many men have been seriously affected by this situation I wonder. 100s of thousands I imagineI appreciate you responded to Lee's question but I feel it was answered. Can you explain in more detail please.

Our Response:
By law, every non-resident parent is responsible for paying towards the financial day-to-day care of their child/children. This is regardless of what the other parent earns. Child access and child maintenance are not connected. Child maintenance has to be paid regardless of whether the parent sees the child or not. If the person is having issues with access, then mediation and/or the court is there to resolve such issues. Likewise, if a non-resident parent is not eligible to pay child maintenance i.e because they are out of work, this does not mean the resident parent can use this as an excuse to restrict access. Non-resident parents are assessed on their income and the amount they would contribute financially to the child's welfare if they were still living under the same roof. It would be deemed unfair to expect just one parent to have to pay for all the day-to-day care of their child.
ChildSupportLaws - 13-Mar-18 @ 2:42 PM
I am in the same position as lee :Lee Lee's Question: Divorced 5 years ago and ex wife has dragged me through the mud for reasons that she still doesn't explain. I put it down to some post natal change after our second child was born. Either way she earns three to four times wages I do. I'm on the bare minimum after having a mental crash and my business suffering. And constant abuse from my ex even after she moved cities. Which means I have to pay X amount to travel to pick up and drop them off as she refuses to drop them or meet half way. My main query is if she is earning three or four times more thane. How can it be justified that she claims off me ?? It's leadinge into further depression with her on sided demands and all the hard work I put into my business over 12 years I fear will go down the drain. Because I can't afford to keep up payments. She doesn't ' need ' she is being unreasonable spiteful and she constantly changes the goal posts when I can have the kids. If that wasn't bad enough arranged times at the strain station she hasn't turned up so I've wasted my money because she can't communicate properly. I'm so down with it all. Surely means testing should work both ways. How many men have been seriously affected by this situation I wonder. 100s of thousands I imagine I appreciate you responded to Lee's question but I feel it was answered. Can you explain in more detail please.
Dave - 12-Mar-18 @ 10:23 PM
George - Your Question:
My partner may have a 4 year old daughter with an ex partner. He payed an agreed amount for 2 years until she stopped access, he is unsure if the child is his and therefore stopped paying the maintenance about a year ago. During that time his x partner has ignored all his attempts at making contact. The CSA have recently wrote to his employer reqesting a payment of £800 per month to be deducted from his wages. Obviously my partner cant afford to pay this, and is reluctant to pay any further maintenance at all as he is unsure if the child is his. Please advise how to proceed in this situation.

Our Response:
Your partner cannot refuse to pay child maintenance where he has been named as the father. If he wishes to stop paying child maintenance (because he feels he is not the father), then he firstly has to prove he is not, please see link here.
ChildSupportLaws - 8-Mar-18 @ 12:59 PM
My partner may have a 4 year old daughter with an ex partner. He payed an agreed amount for 2 years until she stopped access, he is unsure if the child is his and therefore stopped paying the maintenance about a year ago. During that time his x partner has ignored all his attempts at making contact. The CSA have recently wrote to his employer reqesting a payment of £800 per month to be deducted from his wages. Obviously my partner cant afford to pay this, and is reluctant to pay any further maintenance at all as he is unsure if the child is his. Please advise how to proceed in this situation.
George - 7-Mar-18 @ 9:24 PM
Jon - Your Question:
I am nrp with one daughter. the RP has taken my daughter to Dubai. I was supposed to see her at major holidays such as Easter, but even that option has now been declined by RP. Do I still have to pay CM?

Our Response:
Every NRP by law has to pay child maintenance. However, not all countries have reciprocal child maintenance orders. The link here shows a list of countries where parents can apply to enforce or change a child maintenance decision made in UK courts.
ChildSupportLaws - 2-Mar-18 @ 9:59 AM
I am nrp with one daughter. the RP has taken my daughter to Dubai. I was supposed to see her at major holidays such as Easter, but even that option has now been declined by RP. Do I still have to pay CM?
Jon - 1-Mar-18 @ 4:45 PM
Lee - Your Question:
Divorced 5 years ago and ex wife has dragged me through the mud for reasons that she still doesn't explain. I put it down to some post natal change after our second child was born. Either way she earns three to four times wages I do. I'm on the bare minimum after having a mental crash and my business suffering. And constant abuse from my ex even after she moved cities. Which means I have to pay X amount to travel to pick up and drop them off as she refuses to drop them or meet half way. My main query is if she is earning three or four times more thane. How can it be justified that she claims off me ?? It's leadinge into further depression with her on sided demands and all the hard work I put into my business over 12 years I fear will go down the drain. Because I can't afford to keep up payments. She doesn't ' need ' she is being unreasonable spiteful and she constantly changes the goal posts when I can have the kids. If that wasn't bad enough arranged times at the strain station she hasn't turned up so I've wasted my money because she can't communicate properly. I'm so down with it all. Surely means testing should work both ways. How many men have been seriously affected by this situation I wonder. 100s of thousands I imagine.

Our Response:
Every biological non-resident parent by law has to contribute towards the financial care of their child, regardless of what the other parent is earning. How the paying parent is assessed regarding the amounts they should pay can be seen via the link here .
ChildSupportLaws - 22-Feb-18 @ 2:12 PM
Divorced 5 years ago and ex wife has dragged me through the mud for reasons that she still doesn't explain. I put it down to some post natal change after our second child was born. Either way she earns three to four times wages I do. I'm on the bare minimum after having a mental crash and my business suffering. And constant abuse from my ex even after she moved cities. Which means I have to pay X amount to travel to pick up and drop them off as she refuses to drop them or meet half way. My main query is if she is earning three or four times more thane. How can it be justified that she claims off me ?? It's leadinge into further depression with her on sided demands and all the hard work i put into my business over 12 years I fear will go down the drain. Because I can't afford to keep up payments. She doesn't ' need ' she is being unreasonable spiteful and she constantly changes the goal posts when I can have the kids. If that wasn't bad enough arranged times at the strain station she hasn't turned up so I've wasted my money because she can't communicate properly. I'm so down with it all. Surely means testing should work both ways. How many men have been seriously affected by this situation I wonder. 100s of thousands I imagine ..
Lee - 20-Feb-18 @ 2:28 PM
My partner just got informed he must pay back child maintenance money 5 months back for a child that may be his (woman run away with a newborn calming that child is someone's else). Before that 5 months someone else was paying money till proved that he is not a father. It doesn't sound right, how can you pay for a child you don't know you have. I also read somewhere that CSA/CMS can start enforcing payments from the application date so I don't understand where that 5 months back is coming from.. or if she submitted the form why he wasn't contacted earlier. We are planning family of our own, we just started renovation of an old place to have family, we don't have money to pay anything back. He is also paying for a 'know' child, how is it calculated when two children are from different mothers.. is it 2x15% or 20% divided by two.. I really appreciate help as my world just has been shaken.
Aggie - 16-Feb-18 @ 6:01 PM
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