I think I have read that under CSA3, that where care is shared evenly between parents, that neither will have to pay the other anything. Can anyone illuminate this? Is it true? What are the calculation rules?
This seems like very good news indeed. Is it for definite? I ask because there seems to be different views.
Can anyone say how the 1/7 rule will work in this regard?
Another question (not sure if it should go on another thread) - is it true that CSA cannot rely on Child Benefit receipt to determine who is the (so called) PWC? I think I read that it depends on who the child stays with but the popular misconception (including CSA staff) is that it depends on Child Benefit.
The new scheme will continue to take account of shared care, so that a non-resident parent who is involved with the care of their child will usually pay less maintenance. The Regulations will allow the Commission to make an assumption about the amount of shared care in cases where there is no agreement between the parents, no court order that sets the amount of contact or where there is insufficient evidence of any established pattern of such care. The absence of firm evidence often causes difficulties for caseworkers. In such situations, the Commission will assume an amount of shared care equivalent to one night a week, resulting for most cases in a reduction of one-seventh in the maintenance due.
The Government are proposing changes to the new child maintenance service so that where care of the child is shared equally between both parents, neither parent would be responsible to pay maintenance. There is a view that parents with equal shared care will be able to make their own family based arrangement.