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University Maintenance

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19 Sep 12 #356788 by tillie1234
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My ex-husband paid maintenance (by order) for our daughter until she finished full time education at school. He verbally agreed with her, to pay her accommodation/living costs whilst she is at University. Less than two weeks after she has started University, ''conditions'' are now being attached to this arrangement. I was concerned this would happen as it is in his controlling nature to do so (I divorced him because this) Can my daughter put this financial arrangement on a ''legal footing'' i.e. apply to the courts for him to maintain her whilst she is at University?
Many thanks for any help with this.

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21 Sep 12 #357158 by Child Maintenance Options
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Hi 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).

If your daughter needs some more information about where she stands legally, it might be worth contacting Community Legal Advice. Their helpline number is 0845 345 4345. There''s also the Citizens Advice Bureau on 08444 111 444.

For more information about child maintenance and to access our useful tools and forms online you can visit www.cmoptions.org, or if you''d prefer a confidential chat you could call the child maintenance Options team on 0800 988 0988 (free from a landline).

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