What does child maintenance contribute towards?

What does child maintenance contribute towards?

Child maintenance covers the cost of the everyday care of the child, such as food, clothes and housing. Expenses such as school fees do not fall under child maintenance – parents who are getting a divorce can make a “Family Based Arrangement” to deal with costs like this.

What costs are included in child maintenance?

Child maintenance is usually the amount the parent who isn’t the day-to-day carer of the child pays to the main carer of the child towards the cost of looking after said child. Therefore, child maintenance is used to cover some of a child’s everyday living costs.

What income is taken into account for child maintenance?

On the basic rate, if you’re paying for: one child, you’ll pay 12% of your gross weekly income. two children, you’ll pay 16% of your gross weekly income. three or more children, you’ll pay 19% of your gross weekly income.

Are pension contributions included in child maintenance?

Pensions. A paying parent’s income is reduced if they pay into an employer (occupational) pension scheme or a private pension scheme. If a paying parent pays into a private pension scheme they should let CMS know as this is taken into account when calculating the amount of child maintenance payable.

What is the flat rate of child maintenance?

Flat rate. You will pay a flat rate of £7 a week child maintenance if your gross weekly income is less than £100 a week or if you, or your partner you live with, receive any of the benefits listed below.

Is child maintenance calculated after pension?

Unless a paying parent is in receipt of benefits, the CMS will work out child maintenance by using taxable gross annual income. Income is earnings from employment, self employment, pension, and certain benefits. The taxable gross annual income is then converted into a weekly amount.

What time is child maintenance open?

It’s available Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm – check you can use the video relay service (Opens in new tab).