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Child maintenance is the regular financial support parents provide for their child after separation
Child maintenance is the regular, reliable financial support parents provide for their child when they separate. It can help towards a child’s everyday living costs and give them the best start in life. This is a highly complex area of the law and it is essential that advice is sought very early on, as under or over-paying could impact significantly on your case.
Bear in mind the needs of the children are the court’s paramount consideration.
All parents have a responsibility to provide financially for their child even if they live apart from the child and the other parent. Child maintenance can make a significant difference to a child’s wellbeing and the quality of family relationships.
Child maintenance can be agreed voluntarily between parents. If an agreement cannot be reached, then an application can be made to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) – a government body that assesses one parent’s financial means and can make a mandatory requirement that he or she pays child maintenance to the other.
The amount of child maintenance that will need to be paid will depend on a number of factors. This is an area where we strongly advise you consult the services of an experienced family lawyer. Please contact our team today on 03333 058375, or email firstname.lastname@example.org We are here to help you.
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