Finances & Children
When relationships break down, one of the issues which you will need to sort out is the amount of financial support the parent with whom your children live will receive from the other parent.
It is possible for you to reach an agreement on the level of child maintenance that is paid in which case no one else needs to become involved.
However, if it is not possible to reach an agreement then either parent can apply to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) which was formally known as the Child Support Agency for a child maintenance assessment.
If you are unmarried parents, it may be possible to apply for maintenance for your children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. The types of orders that the court can make include maintenance orders, lump sum orders or orders transfer of property from one parent to another to provide a home for your child. The court has a large number of factors which it considers before making such orders.
Here at CSL Law our team of exert legal advisors can provide you with honest advice and clear information on all aspects of child maintenance. We can guide you through the process, hopefully reaching an amicable agreement, or through the court process.