Although some separating couples can agree child maintenance payments after divorce or separation, we understand that it is not always so straightforward. All new claims for child maintenance payments are administrated by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). You can work out an estimate of how much you or your former partner is liable to pay using the gov.uk child maintenance calculator. It is up to the ‘non-resident’ parent to pay child maintenance, and the current rates are as follows.
Child Maintenance RatesNon-resident parents earning up to £800.00 per week will pay:
- With one child: 12% of gross income
- With two children: 16% of gross income
- With three or more children 19% of gross income
- With one child: 9% of gross income
- With two children: 12% of gross income
- With three or more children 15% of gross income
Ensuring That Your Children Are Provided ForChild maintenance can also be included in a court order arising from divorce or dissolution, although either parent can apply to the CMS to undertake an assessment after the order has been in existence for more than 12 months. In certain circumstances, however, the court retains the ability to deal with child maintenance, such as costs associated with training or arising from a disability.
Call Our Family Law Team for AdviceWe have qualified lawyers that can advise you on any matters relating to child maintenance. Please contact the team in our Sale or Manchester city centre locations on 0161 969 3131 or email a member of the team.
Your Family Law team
Mark HeptinstallPartner & Head of Family
Kim AucottConsultant Solicitor
Joanne TaylorChartered Legal Executive