If you get CSA you are not entitled to anything extra on top.
However, if your daughter splitsher time between you it is reasonable for him to pay for her child care during times she is with him, but he isan''t available to look after her himself.
So if you agree that he has her for 50% of the holidays but he can only get part of that time off work, it''s up to him to arrange (and if necessary pay for) alternative care.
You could have this written into the Consent Order - ideally set it up as ''global maintenace'' i.e. for you and you daughter) as that way you have some protection from him simply then involving the CSA and bringing the arrangment to an end.
I think you need to discuss this. If his position is that he will have her when he can get time off and you''re responsibble all ofthe rest of the time, that has an impat on your over all finacial needs, as you will either ned to look at taking unpaid leave, or cut your hours, or factor in the extra child care costs, which may in turn affect things such as whether you need spousal maintenace or a higher share of capital assets.
You do not have to use the CSA to arrange child maintenance with your ex-partner. It may have taken a while, but you have reached an agreement between yourselves which we call a family-based arrangement (FBA). This type of arrangement can include anything you both agree, and it isn''t just about money - you can include payments for kids clubs, clothes or child care etc.
If you choose to go through the CSA, your ex-partner wouldn''t be legally obliged to pay anything over and above what the CSA calculate. If you want to find out more at a FBA, please visit www.cmoptions.org.uk, there is also a maintenance calculator to help you.
If you and your ex-partner can reach an agreement, then you can decide between yourselves how much child maintenance he''ll pay, and even what counts as child maintenance. For example, you could agree that his contribution towards the child care costs counts as child maintenance for your child.
In terms of monetary amounts, you can get an idea what your child maintenance payments would be through the CSA using the Child Maintenance Options calculator. You could also use this amount when negotiating your Consent Order.
I know it can sometimes be really hard to talk to your ex-partner about money, but there is help available from the child maintenance Options Service. You can find tips and support at www.cmoptions.org, or you can speak to someone in confidence by calling 0800 988 0988.