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Child Maintenance

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24 May 12 #332780 by autumn9
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Am in need of a little paragraph to include in a letter to ex regarding child maintenance and what it is intended for. My ex seems to think his contribution is to buy ''clothes'' only. Thanks

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24 May 12 #332781 by sexysadie
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Child maintenance is a contribution to all the things needed to support the child. This includes: housing costs such as mortgage or rent; heating; lighting; food; clothing; shoes; schooling costs; entertainment; outings; extracurricular activities; childcare; transport.

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24 May 12 #332784 by Fiona
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Child maintenance is a contribution to all the cost of raising a child;

cleaning materials
extra curricular activities
phone calls
replacing bedding, towels, furniture
wear and tear, decorating
damages (one of ours sat on his teacher''s cello worth £13k!)
reading materials
school trips
etc etc

Before the CSA the way child maintenance was calculated was to divide household expenditure by the number of people living there.

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