As part of my divorce back in August 2006 there was a Consent Order drawn up to protect the financial side. As part if this consent order support for child maintenance was also included. My child has just turned 18 and is awaiting his final results for A levels in August of this year. The consent order states the following clause
"The respondent shall pay periodical payments to the petitioner for the benefit of (Childs name) at the rate of £xxx per month. Payments shall be made monthly in advance on the first of each month. They shall end on the child 1) reaching the age of 18; or 2) ceasing tertiary education to the end of first degree course payments to continue during any period of upto 16 months from the date on which secondary education is concluded and for so long as the child shall intend to commence tertiary education at the end of that period unless the court makes an order for the payments to continue to a later date"
My question is if my son starts university in September 2020 do I still need to pay maintenance to my ex wife. If so how can I challenge the amount of maintenance as I no longer earn anywhere near the amount I previously did.
Many thanks for any forthcoming advice or support.
I assume that CMS is child maintenance Services but the initial court order wasn't involved with CMS. Does this mean I need to go to court to change the current court order based on my income level now.