Protect your children and prevent disputes from escalating
At Kidwells we always advise clients to try and reach an amicable settlement with their former partner regarding child maintenance. We strongly advise that you seek specialist advice from our Lawyers before you take any action.
It is usually the role of the Child Support Agency to determine how much the non-resident parent should pay to the child’s main carer. The Courts do however retain jurisdiction to make or vary Orders but only if the non-resident parent is on a very high income.
Maintenance is usually assessed and a percentage is usually paid by the non-resident parent.
Alternatively, an application can be made for financial provision under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
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Helping remove uncertainty
A Parenting Agreement can provide a mutually agreed plan which removes uncertainty and sets expectations for both parents. One of our Family Law Solicitors will facilitate you in completing this document and act as a third party witness. It is important to remember that the success of the plan is dependent on both parents respecting what has been jointly decided.