Child maintenance is usually money that the parent without the main day-to-day care of a child pays to the other parent.
If care is being shared equally, child maintenance is not usually payable. However, parents may still want to agree how expenditure such as clubs or school uniform are paid.
If you can agree maintenance with the other parent, you can enter into a family-based arrangement. These are not however legally binding agreements, therefore you may want to consider recording your agreement in a consent order or applying for an assessment by the Child Maintenance Service.
You may also be able to apply for maintenance under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
Under Schedule 1 parents can apply for maintenance as well as for housing and capital for the benefit of a child.
We are experts in child maintenance and financial provision for children and can guide you through this complex area of the law.
Where you have a financial order in place, our expert team can help you enforce the terms.
Our team can also help if you have reached terms of a financial settlement and the other party are refusing to enter into an order recording those terms or you are the party being pressurised to enter into an order and being threatened with a ‘notice to show cause’ application.
We are known for our robust yet sensitive handling of complex cases particularly those involving children.
We understand that sometimes you just want a second opinion in life and this is especially the case if you are about to make decisions regarding the care of your children. We spend the time to get to know you and will explain your options and empower you to take control.