Coronavirus, Money

We share care of our child 50/50 and therefore don’t pay each other maintenance. During the coronavirus our child is with me all the time. What happens with child maintenance in this situation?

If you have a family based arrangement – between yourselves – then it would be appropriate for the parent who is looking after the child 100% of the time to receive maintenance from the other parent until the situation changes. Ordinarily, the amount of maintenance to be paid would be based on 12% of the other parent’s gross weekly income, with some possible variations.  This is what the Child Maintenance Service would work on.

With many people’s working and financial circumstances considerably different at this time, it might be that this amount would be reduced. See our information on child maintenance and the UK Government’s information.

You can call us on our Lone Parent Helpline if you need to discuss this further 0808 801 0323.

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