Children, Money

I pay child maintenance to my ex for our 2 children. If the children stay overnight with me should the amount of child maintenance I pay be less?

If the child maintenance you pay is based on the children staying with their other parent it can be reduced if the children start to stay overnight with you. For example; Jay has a son and pays child maintenance of £70 per week. Jay’s son starts staying with him one night a week so the child maintenance can be reduced by 1/7th. Jay will then pay £60 per week. If his son stays for 2 nights Jay will pay £50 per week in child maintenance.

This would be what happens if child maintenance was arranged using the Child Maintenance Service. If the parents had agreed an amount between themselves they could decide on child maintenance of any amount that suited them.

For more information see Child Maintenance Arrangements.

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