My wife and I are getting a divorce and have agreed that my two daughters (11,16) will live with her in another town(close to her new boyfriend), and that my son (14) will live with me in the FMH. She believes that I must pay her 20% of my salary for the two girls but ignores the fact that my son is with me. I agree that I should pay 20% of my salary for the girls, but that should be offset by 15% of her salary back to me for my son. Am I wrong with this calculation?
Briefly, you need to pay 20% of you income to your wife and she needs to pay 15% of her income to you but these are also reduced as you each have children living with you. If your daughters come and stay with you for over night stays and your son stays with his Mum overnight, there will be other reductions for both of you
Do you have the child benefit for your son paid to you as he will be living with you?
Have looked at the CSA calculator, however i just wanted to establish the principle of the arrangement, she thinks its a 1-way street with payments going to her, and I believe she also has to address the other side and pay for my son. Child benefit payments all going to her currently and I have no problem with that.
If she gets the Child Benefit then she can technically get you to pay CM for all three children. If you want her to pay for your son, you need to claim the child benefit for him. Then if she doesn't pay you the CM for your son, you can submit a claim via the CSA for her to pay you. This is because the CSA state that parent who claims the Child Benefit is the parent with care (PWC) and the parent who doesn't claim it is the non resident parent (NRP) and the NRP has to pay CM
In addition to above under CSA regulation when a NRP has children living with them their income for assessment purposes is reduced by 15% for 1 child, 20% for two children and 25% for three or more before calculating the amount to be paid. If the NRP's income is less than £200 then the reduced rate or flat rate comes into play.
There is a more advanced child support calculator accessed by clicking the green banner on the top of this site's home page.
Child Benefit is only used as a final factor to determine the PWC when share care is 50 -50 and parents can’t agree. The footprint calculator will work out your payment however you will need Child Benefit to make your own claim for child support so if you don’t have CB already you should not input you son into the calculator as a relevant child in your household if you won’t a true CSA result. You might wish to use the footprint system to begin tracking evidence in order to make a claim for CB if you don’t have it already.
Best wishes Mike
Keep away from the CSA web site, they are a bunch of liars who abuse the powers and do not follow their own guidelines. If you want proper advice go to the NACSA web site and let them deal with your case. It will cost you but it will save you a lot more money in the end.