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Can you give me some advice on paying child maintenance?

01 December 2021

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Question by Robert

Here's my question.

I share 50/50 custody for my daughter, I don't pay child maintenance but we split costs for everything such as sports clubs, school uniform etc.

I'm in the military and getting sent away for 4 months. What is the ruling in this situation in regards to paying maintenance? My daughter's mum hasn't asked for anything yet, but I know she will. Her mum is in receipt of the normal child benefit.

I was going to offer small payments of what I think I pay each month for food etc. But what is the actual ruling?
Thank you


Answered by Andrew Neligan

Robert,

I would say this is a legal question rather than a financial one and probably depends upon the terms of the divorce (assuming you were married in the first place). If you were and and obtained legal advice during the divorce proceedings your lawyer should be able to answer it.

Sorry, I can't provide a fuller answer but I have found this article which provides some information: https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-8489819/HETHERINGTON-military-ex-sidestep-child-support.html. It shouldn't be taken as official regulations but will give you some info to help your research.

Kind regards,

Andrew

Answered by

Andrew Neligan

Chartered & Certified Financial Planner

Typically, I work with individuals and couples who have got to the point in their lives that they have important questions about money they want answering. They may be thinking about retirement in the next 5 to 10 years but they are worried they won’t have enough so they want to make sensible decisions now. Or, they really want to retire sooner, but either they don’t know if they can afford to, or they are afraid they will make decisions that they may later regret.