- Separated parents, maintenance question.
If you are a parent “with care”, would you expect an unusual and one-off extra expense, such as a holiday away with the school costing about £250 to come out of the maintenance you are paid for day to day child related expenses, or to be split 50/50 between yourself and the ‘absent’ parent?Posted 6 years ago
Does the other parent want the child to go? If yes, a contribution is in order, if no then either you pay the lot or the child doesn’t go. I’d want a refusal to pay in writing for the school (because in the exchanges I’ve been involved with the school will sometimes reduce the cost in genuine cases of poverty).Posted 6 years agoiDaveMember
I (the ‘absent’) met CSA once after my ex thought I wasn’t paying enough. After they told me I should actually pay her less, which I didn’t, they also told me not to pay for anything other than giving maintenance. I ignore and contribute as and when, but it seems that all one-offs ‘should’ come out of the maintenance.Posted 6 years ago
To Edukator, yes, he does want her to go, as do I. I’m by no means in a poverty situation, but I’d thought on principle as he and his wife are ‘much higher’ earners than I and have no other children, he would contribute on principle. Ho hum…
IDave, Thanks for the info on ‘the party line’.Posted 6 years agodruidhMember
Child maintenance is usually regular, reliable financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs.
My boldPosted 6 years agorestlessMember
My son had a very expensive school trip last year, around £400 and i asked his father to pay half, on top of the normal CSA payments.
He did pay, all of it in fact, but I couldn’t have forced him to.
It is the only time in the 14yrs since my son has been born that I have asked for extra though.Posted 6 years ago
Maybe if it happened more often he would say no.
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