Child Maintenance Advice
Advice on Child Maintenance
Child maintenance is regular, reliable financial support that helps towards a child's everyday living costs. The parent without the main day-to-day care of the child pays child maintenance to the other parent.
Child maintenance is normally arranged as a weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment. This payment is usually based on the income of the parent without the main day-to-day care. It often lasts until a child reaches 16, or if the child continues in full time education, until they are 19 years old. Williscroft have experts on hand to provide Child Maintenance Advice.
Both parents have a legal responsibility to financially support their child whether or not they have parental responsibility for them, and even if one parent does not see the children.
Many parents reach an agreement between themselves about child maintenance. However if this isn’t possible then Williscroft can provide expert Child Maintenance Advice.
The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) can provide information and assistance to parents on the appropriate level of maintenance, and provide a private maintenance agreement to complete. If an agreement cannot be reached then they are responsible for undertaking maintenance assessments, collecting maintenance and enforcing any assessments where necessary.
We provide Child Maintenance Advice on the most appropriate level of maintenance and advise you on the benefits and disadvantages of entering into an agreement rather than asking the CMEC to undertake an assessment.
When you believe that the CMEC have made a mistake in the calculation or they have acted unfairly or with delay in dealing with your request for an assessment, we can assist you in making complaints or ultimately in challenging their actions through the courts.
For further Child Maintenance Advice and information on child maintenance law call Williscroft today, for our Bradford Solicitors on 01274 305380, our Keighley Solicitors on 01535 600973 or email us.