CHILD MAINTENANCE FAMILY LAW
The CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY was formed to deal with Child Maintenance and jurisdiction was removed from the Courts. The Courts can still make Orders in respect of Child Maintenance in divorce proceedings but only if the parents are in agreement and normally they would expect the Court Order to be in line with a CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY (CSA) assessment. Either parent can apply to the CSA for an assessment 12 months after the Court Order has been made, so the Court Order can be overturned after just a year.
CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY FORMULA
The CSA assessment was initially very complicated and was replaced in March 2003 with a simple formula. However, due to under resourcing, all claims actioned prior to March 2003 are still assessed on the old calculation and no date has yet been set about when they will transfer over to the new system.
DIVORCE AND SEPARATION LEGAL ADVICE
HOW MUCH WILL THE NON-RESIDENT PARENT PAY?
1. The parent with care’s (PARENT WITH CUSTODY) income is now ignored, as is the income of any new partner the non-resident parent (PARENT WITH ACCESS) may live with.
2. The non-resident parent’s income is assessed after deducting, Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions, Pension Contributions and certain allowable expenses.
3. There is a maximum net income of £2,000.00 per week. Beyond that the parent with care can apply to the court for a TOPPING UP ORDER.
4. Further deductions are made for each child living with the non-resident parent as follows: