When a relationship breaks down and there are children in the picture, you will need to reach an agreement with your ex-partner to make sure that the children are fully supported financially.
The calculation of child maintenance is based on the gross income of the payer.
If you are unable to reach an agreement on the level of child maintenance to be paid, an application will need to be made to the Child Maintenance Service to make an assessment.
Our family law specialists will help you to understand your obligations or your entitlement regarding child maintenance and help you to try to come to an amicable agreement in the first instance. Failing that we will support you through the legal process of securing child maintenance in the courts.
You may also be entitled to an income award, lump sum payment or property transfer of property for the benefit of the children. This is known as a Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 claim. We recommend you seek legal advice regarding this.
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