When parents split up, it is common for the financial burden of the children’s day-to-day expenses to fall to the parent with whom the children live most of the time. Child maintenance allows the parent with whom the children do not live with to also contribute towards their livings costs and ensure they have the best quality of life possible. Such day-to-day expenses may include:
- School fees
- Trips, sports, clubs and other activities
At Crisp & Co, our children law solicitors understand how tricky it can be sort out arrangements for children with your former partner, particularly if you do not get on. Divorce and dissolution can be stressful for children even where the parents are in agreement. So, while achieving a child maintenance agreement may be essential, you will also likely be concerned about the negative impact any dispute will have on your child’s happiness.
Our goal is to make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible. Our team includes mediation experts and qualified collaborative lawyers who can help you come to an agreement about child maintenance. Where a voluntary agreement is not possible, we can provide advice about applying to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
The Child Maintenance Service (formally the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC)) works out child maintenance payments on behalf of families and collects payments from the parent no longer residing with the family.
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For advice about child support and maintenance, get in touch with our family law solicitors by giving us a call at your local branch or filling in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.