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21 Apr 12 #325565 by bugjam
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Hi all.. Split with my husband last year and we agree that he would pay £350 per calander month for our four children.

he earns 34k basic, but with overtime it would have probably been more this last financial year.

I am happy with the £350 per month as he has the boys 2 nights a week so i can work.. ( well usually but hasnt ssen them for nearly a month at the moment... long story)

He is about to move in with a new partner and she has two kids herself.. Does this mean my payments will go down?
Thanks for reading.

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21 Apr 12 #325567 by maisymoos
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Is the £34 K a gross figure? You would be entitled to 25% of his net income via the CSA for 4 children. There would be a deduction if he moves into a household with other dependant children and deductions for overnight stays.

It is worth getting a idea of what you would receive via the CSA, go on to their website and use their calculator. You may have to make a estimate in relation to overtime. The CSA will usually look at the last 3 pay slips to get picture of income. If however you do not feel the last 3 months fairly reflects income you can ask them to look at the last 12 months.

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21 Apr 12 #325571 by bugjam
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Hiya Thank you for your reply.

Yes 34k+ is his gross salary.

I did just go on the calculator and what he pays now is about right, but i do think its very unfair that because his new partner has kids his payments go down. His partner is in a very well paid job and gets maintenance for her two kids... Why should my kids miss out?
What he pays me goes towards the roof over his kids heads.
Oh well...nowt i can do, thanks for your help.

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21 Apr 12 #325572 by Fiona
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Is there a voluntary agreement or was a child maintenance agreement included in a Consent Order settling the finances on divorce? If it was included in a consent order either party my apply to the CSA one year after the date of the order and it will cease to have any effect.

Under the current CSA rules child support is calculated at 20% of the non resident parents net income for two children (25% for 4 children) minus 1/7th deduction for each overnight the children spend on average with the NRP.

When the NRP lives with a new partner who has "other relevant children" an allowance of 20% for two children living with them is deducted from the NRP''s income. If the RP earns more than the new partner their Working Families Tax Credit is then added to the NRP''s income before the usual CSA calculation.

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21 Apr 12 #325573 by Lostboy67
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Hi
You say you agreed the £350 figure does that mean it was a private arangment outside of the CSA. If it was a private agreement then your child maintenance may or may not go down it depends on how your ex feels about paying it. You may be getting ahead of yourself and he may be happy to continue to pay the £350

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21 Apr 12 #325576 by bugjam
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Ah thank you... Kind of mind boogling isnt it!

No it was discussed and agreed privately, csa not involved.

Maybe he wont change it, maybe he will, who knows what goes through that guys mind. But as he is now selling our family home and moving into a home already paid for he will be so much better off anyway... I can only just wait and see.

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21 Apr 12 #325580 by hadenoughnow
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bugjam

This may be a daft question but of he no longer wants to stay in the FMH is there any reason why you and the children cannot move back in?

Could you afford to pay the mortgage? Would you get any help via benefits to pay the interest? Are you claiming everything you can in the way of tax credits etc?

This may be a case where he has to wait for any share of the equity ... until the youngest is say 18 or if you cohabit/remarry.

Hadenoughnow

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