Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 6 – Child Maintenance

June 26, 2013, By Slater Heelis


This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Child Maintenance:  When a relationship breaks down and there are children of the family who are under 16, under 19 and still in full time secondary education or under 18 and waiting to start a youth work or training programme, the parent who is not residing with the children on a full time basis is liable to pay child maintenance.  There is a recognised standard formula for the calculation of child maintenance which derives from the Child Support Agency Regulations.  Voluntary maintenance agreements between parents should be encouraged but where this is not possible an application to the CSA for assessment can be made by either parent, or alternatively, the Court can be invited to rule upon the issue.

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