The Pro's and Con's of the Child Support Laws
As a lone parent financial concerns and issues may cause a considerable amount of stress. Raising a child, or several children, is a costly experience and having to account for every penny is an everyday occurrence for a lot of people.
Being able to claim child support is an entitlement that not only eases the financial pressure in the home environment but also reduces child poverty.
Collection And DistributionIn order to receive the maintenance payment you are entitled to, as a parent with care, a parent will have to apply for support via the Child Support Agency (CSA). Once detailed information, regarding the non resident parent’s income, has been processed and the amount of maintenance is calculated the CSA will then handle the collection and distribution of payment to the parent with care. However, the whole operation does not always run smoothly, which results in the experience having a negative effect on both parents.
The Real Cost Of Maintenance PaymentsPaying child support requires a big commitment from any parent.
Whilst the parent with care may be in need of financial assistance to cover the cost of bringing up a child, the non resident parent may find they are having to work longer hours in order to be able to provide sufficient funds to cover the cost of the maintenance payments and their own living expenses. If an acrimonious split has occurred between the parents the non resident parent will feel even more aggrieved at having to fork out money to an ex partner.
Custody battles or arguments over visitation rights may also impact on the situation between the child’s parents, and make the child support application process a lot more difficult. In some cases non resident parents may opt not to pay maintenance support by remaining absent and not providing contact details or income information. Without this information processing an application for child maintenance requires the CSA to trace the non resident parent.
The PositivesRegular maintenance payments can take the pressure off financial concerns in the home, for the parent with care. Where Shared Care is in operation, the child, or children, will also benefit from having regular contact with both parents.
Sharing care enables the non resident parent to spend time with their child in their own home, and will also mean that the amount of payable maintenance is divided by two, and reduced by one-seventh for each night the child spends at the non resident parent’s home.