I have just finished sorting out the finances, the Consent Order has been agreed and signed, its all done and dusted.
However the children of the familly one aged 22 and finishing 1st Degree and the other aged 20 still in education are to be sorted out. From what i know parents are only obliged to contribute untill 1st Degree but I am not sure about that. If thats true then its only one child left to contribute towards education. Am i being reasonable to ask the mother to make a contribution aswell? Is paying the mortgage considered also contribution if the child comes home for the summer?
The CSA has no jurisdiction for child maintenance for over 18s in advanced education (above A level standard). Child maintenance for over 18s in education can be agreed as a private arrangement or included in a consent order as part of the overall financial settlement. Alternatively over 18s in education can apply to court for maintenance from separated parents in their own right.
There is no formula and it is a question of looking at the student''s expenses and determining what is reasonable given the resources available.
thanks or the prompt response, who deems what is reasonable. I have been paying everything for my sons accomodation however as a result of the settlement I will have very little to start again. However my ex wife has significant resources once the FMH is sold.
I think she should make a contribution, although I earn twice as much as her I having nothing in terms of asetts.
The way I did it was to recognise that after the divorce settlement my ex-husband and I were financially autonomous. I have no control over whether or not he contributes so I negotiate my contribution directly with our children.
We calculate annual living costs then deduct loans/sponsorship and I pay half of the shortfall. It''s then up to the children to make up the rest by working or negotiating with my ex.