Family Law Information: Court Orders & Maintenance St Helens

Child support, or child maintenance, is a major issue in family law and divorce proceedings. Before you head to court, make sure you're in the know about different court orders and child maintenance payment issues that could come up in your case. Read through the following articles to learn more about court orders and maintenance and find local companies and providers who can help you find what you’re looking for.

Forster Dean Company Solicitors
01744 755588
9 Hardshaw Street
St Helens
Canter Levin & Berg
01744 634141
Century House
St Helens
Maxim Law Consultants
01744 743360
Rexmore House
St Helens
Haygarth Jones
01744 26153
8 Hardshaw St
St Helens
Frank Roe
01744 24218
60-62 Claughton Street
St Helens
Colbeck Costing Services
01744 759687
14 Hardshaw Street
St Helens
Barrow & Cook
01744 23271
5-7 Victoria Square
St Helens
Grindrods Solicitors
01744 612549
89 Corporation Street
St Helens
Frodshams Solicitors
01744 626600
19 Hardshaw Street
St Helens
Tickle Hall Cross
01744 733333
25 Hardshaw St
St Helens
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Court Orders & Maintenance

Court Orders & Maintenance

In the early 90's, the Government introduced the Child Support Agency and most of the issues relating to child maintenance passed from the courts to the CSA. The CSA is likely to be disbanded in the future but details of its replacement have not yet been released. In the meantime existing procedures are still in place.

The courts now only make maintenance orders for children in limited circumstances:

  • Where the parents both apply to the court for an 'order by consent'
  • Where a child is in full-time education and there are school fees to pay
  • Where a child is undergoing vocational training or an apprenticeship and there are expenses to pay
  • Where a child is disabled, and there are care costs
  • Where the other parent lives abroad on a permanent basis

The Child Support Agency (CSA)

In most cases the CSA deals with maintenance for children. They accept applications from parents with care (those who live with children), non-resident parents (those who are not living with the children), and other people caring for qualifying children (such as grandparents) if all the people involved live in the UK.

If the father (or mother) refuses to pay, or makes excuses then the CSA has a responsibility to take action, usually via the courts.

Since March 2003 new laws governing the way child support is calculated have been implemented. Briefly, absent fathers will be required to pay 15% of their net income for a single child, 20% for two and 25% for three children or more. The maximum income that will be taken into account will be capped at £2,000 net income a week. If the father has a new family then similar allowances will be made for each child in his second family, including stepchildren. Rates of 15%, 20% and 25% will be deducted from the non-resident parent's net income and only the balance will be subject to the standard rates for the first family.

Those who don't or won't pay risk losing their driving licence and if they lie or refuse to provide information, they could be fined up to £1,000. Late payments will also lead to fines.

The income of the resident mother is not be taken into consideration, nor is that of a new partner. So, the lone mother could earn huge amounts each year and still demand, and be entitled to, up to 25% of the absent father's income. Equally, the father could be a millionaire with a vast income but will never be required to pay more than £26,000 a year even if he can afford much more.

The CSA website has full details on applying for child maintenance and calculating the amount you may receive.


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