In my financial order of my divorce it says child maintenance will be paid until last child is 18 or end of full time education, whichever is latter.
This was done as I envisaged him going to A levels. But instead, he’s got a great apprenticeship. He’s 16. It’s residential so he’ll be there 5 nights a week, and paid. Normally this would mean I no longer have to pay the ex child maintenance, but I’m worried about that line in the financial order?
Please help I’m losing sleep
Vigorate is quite right. Child maintenance in a court order is only valid for twelve months after which either party can ask for a CMS assessment. CMS will then apply. The order cannot be enforced.
Give CM options a call to discuss whether you have any continuing liability in their eyes.
NB Paying more than the statutory minimum is perfectly acceptable. You could continue to pay some especially if the child will still be home at weekends. Of course it is also perfectly reasonable for them to make a contribution although I appreciate an apprenticeship wage will be low.