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maintenance/full time education age limit ?

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16 May 12 #330931 by soozie1964
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Hi, my husband pays maintenance for his daughter who has just turned 18.
His divorce/maintenance arrangement was to pay till his daughter turned 17, or finished full time education.
She studies a Vocational Beauty Therapy course at 6th form college for a few hours a week ( not sure how many ) . Is this classed as Full Time Education ?
Many thanks

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17 May 12 #331192 by WhiteRose
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Hi Soozie,

Welcome to wiki!

I think the key question is:

Does the Mum still receive CB?

www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits...fitafter16/DG_073812

''Full Time Education'' is open to interpretation, some think its A levels, some College, some Uni First Degree!

Best thing would be to discuss it with Mum, because if it is to stop, she will have to review her budget.

WR

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17 May 12 #331206 by Fiona
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CB has no relevance to child maintenance included in a court order. "Full time education" is ambiguous but you could check with the college if the course full time. Some full time courses only involve attending college about twelve hours a week.

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17 May 12 #331230 by WhiteRose
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Fiona, Sorry - I''ll clarify - If Mum still receives CB then the child is seen to be officially in Full Time Education.

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18 May 12 #331439 by soozie1964
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Thanks for your comments. Am unable to speak to her mother as the woman is totally un approachable, bitter, twisted, and unhelpful ! Will ring the college next week...to see what the hours of the class are. The "beauty Therapy" course is vocational rather than educational, so will have to look further into it.
Many thanks.

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22 May 12 #332231 by Child Maintenance Options
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Hi Soozie

Thanks for your post on child maintenance. In summary, child maintenance is paid by the non-resident parent to the parent with care and if using the CSA, is payable until the child turns 16 or until they reach 19 if in full-time education (not higher than A-level equivalent). In family-based arrangements, both parents can agree when to start / stop payments.

With regard to Child Benefit, this is purely an indication of who should receive the maintenance (normally the parent with care) and is not taken into account when calculating child maintenance payments.

The question about whether your husband’s daughter is in full time education is more relevant and I would agree that it might be best if you can confirm whether the Vocational Beauty Therapy Course is classified as full time. Depending upon the answer and whether your husband’s relationship is amicable with his ex, he could then arrange to discuss the situation with her.

For more information on child maintenance visit www.wikivorce.com/divorce/Child-Maintenance.html

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04 Dec 15 #470377 by rfowler
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My ex husband ceased maintenance for my son as soon as he turned 17 - even though he has gone to college (instead of A levels) to do a BTec in IT. My ex husband has sent me a solicitors letter that states that college is not considered secondary education, so he does not have to pay. The course my son is on is seen as an alternative to A levels - so I am confused. Having received this in writing from a solicitor would lead me to believe that he is no longer liable. I do still receive child benefit for my son. Any further advice much appreciate. Thanks

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