The CSA does not give guidelines, it operates the rules for what has to be paid in child maintenance, if it is applied for through the CSA. For two children, as Specialdad says, that is 20% of net pay. This is what the CSA will require the non-resident parent to pay if the children spend fewer than 52 nights with them; for more nights than this the payments are proportionately reduced.
It is of course possible to pay more voluntarily, and some parents do. I think it is also possible for a court to order a non-resident parent to pay for certain things that were already in place, such as school fees. If the non-resident parent is a very high earner then courts can also order payments in addition to the CSA statutory amounts.
Kudosfree, are the payments you refer to spouse or child maintenance? If it is spouse maintenance then presumably she can go back to court, but she risks a reduction in maintenance being ordered.
I am currently paying 44% of net salary in maintenance, but ex seems to think I am earning more despite having provided all form E info and docs.
The Consent Order only specified the monthly payment and did not split between spouse/children.
The CSA have never been involved and as the Consent Order includes provision for reducing periodic payment "pro tanto" by any sums payable pursuant to Child Support Assessment, I dont think this would help apart from highlighting the amount paid in SM.
My ex says her monthly income needs have increased from £1000 in 2000 to £2150 in 2007.
We split net proceeds of family house sale about 70/30 in her favour, but no pension split.
She was able to buy house without mortgage from proceeeds and I had to get mortgage to buy a cheaper house.
She now has a mortgage which she took to upgrade kitchen and bathroom and fund holidays.
I do feel her expectations are too high but wanted to have some benchmark to make a fair comparison.
Any views on normal expectations excluding mortgage would be appreciated.
Kudos, Is there any reason why your wife cannot work? With 2 teenage children I would have thought that the Court would expect her to be in a better position to support herself now than 7 years ago when the Consent Order was made. There is always the danger that her maintenance will be reduced if she reopens this issue, especially if, as you say, your income has not significantly increased.