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What does child maintenance cover?
Child maintenance can pay for several everyday needs for your child or children that live with the other biological parent. Examples include:
- Housing costs
- Clothing including shoes and seasonal items
- Essential foods
- In some cases, extra-curricular activities such as after-school classes and additional academic tuition
In some cases, the parent who has the children or child living with them will provide receipts to justify the children’s expenses.
How much is child maintenance?
The amount of child maintenance to be paid will depend predominantly on the parents yearly income and how many children require maintenance.
Commonly, when it comes to calculating maintenance, there are six steps:
- Working out the income of the paying parent.
- Looking at the variables that affect the maintenance, such as the number of children.
- Considering the maintenance rates.
- Considering how many other children the paying parent already pays for.
- Calculating the appropriate weekly amount of maintenance when considering the previous four steps.
- Calculating the shared care, which takes into consideration how many days the child stays overnight with the paying parent.
If your weekly income is over £3,000, it’s advised that you should apply to the courts for a child maintenance ‘top-up’ order.