Quick Answer: Do full time students have to pay child maintenance?

Do full time students pay child maintenance?

Paying No Maintenance

There are situations where you can have Parental Responsibility but not have to pay maintenance for your children. However, this only occurs if you’re a full-time student, or aged 16-19 and in full-time advanced education, or if you’re living in a nursing home and receiving help to pay the fees.

Do you have to pay child maintenance if you’re a student?

Full time students do not have to pay maintenance regardless of any jobs they work or how much they get paid a wage, sucks doesn’t it. I would kick start child maintenance now if I was you, you will only get 2 months worth but it’s better than nothing.

What is classed as full time education for child maintenance?

Full time education is clearly defined as “more than 12 hours a week supervised study or course related work experience”. … Many child maintenance orders are payable “until the child reaches the age of 18 years or ceases full time secondary education whichever is the later”.

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Do school fees count as child maintenance?

Child maintenance covers the cost of the everyday care of the child, such as food, clothes and housing. Expenses such as school fees do not fall under child maintenance – parents who are getting a divorce can make a “Family Based Arrangement” to deal with costs like this.

Do I have to pay child maintenance if my ex remarries?

The answer is no. When parents divorce, the absent parent (“paying parent”) is obliged by law to pay child maintenance to the parent caring for the child (“receiving parent”).

What happens if you don’t pay child maintenance?

If you have child maintenance payments that are outstanding, the CMS can take you court to collect the unpaid amount. They can apply for a ‘liability order’ and if the court grants it, legal action will be taken against you.

How can I avoid paying CSA?

How ex-partners avoid paying child maintenance

  1. Creating complex financial arrangements that are hard to keep track of due to self-employment.
  2. Putting a businesses in another name to distort personal wealth.
  3. Opening a limited company to make money unavailable.

Can child maintenance be backdated?

Unfortunately, CMS cannot recoup payments that your ex husband promised to pay you in the past under a voluntary or informal arrangement. However, you may be able to take civil legal action against your ex husband to try to recover the missed payments through the courts.

Does an apprenticeship count as full time education for child maintenance?

Legally, you are no longer compelled to pay child maintenance once your kid completes full-time education. Apprenticeships are not the same as full-time studies, such as A levels.

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Do I lose my child benefit if my child does an apprenticeship?

Under the existing system, families lose child benefit for children who take up apprenticeships, on the grounds that they are in paid employment. In contrast, the families of A-level students continue to receive benefit payments if they qualify, even when the child is earning in their own time.

Will child maintenance affect my benefits?

Child maintenance won’t affect any benefits you get. For example, you won’t get less Universal Credit if you also get child maintenance. If you’re entitled to Council Tax Reduction, you might get less help if you also get child maintenance – check with your local council.

Does child maintenance cover school trips?

Unfortunately, the answer is usually “no”. If the non-resident parent is paying child maintenance in accordance with the relevant child maintenance guidelines, there is no obligation on them to provide additional financial support to cover the cost of clubs and other activities.

Does child maintenance cover private school fees?

The Child Maintenance Service cannot order a parent to pay school fees. If you or your ex-spouse is struggling to pay both school fees and child maintenance, maintenance will always take priority. So, a Court would not rule for any reduction in child maintenance just because you also pay the school fees.

Do I have to pay more than child maintenance?

Yes, you are not obliged to pay anything more than your child maintenance sum. I would however encourage you to consider any requests on a case by case basis. Ultimately the money is to pay for your child and so you may want to pay a little extra on one-off occasions so that your child doesn’t go without.

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