In the vast majority of cases, child support is now controlled by the State through the Child
Maintenance & Enforcement Commission with the amount that you pay based upon a set
However, a number of variations to the amount can be applied for:
The Paying Parent
A paying parent can apply for a variation in cases of special expenses:
● Costs incurred in maintaining contact with a child (such items can include the cost of
purchasing a rail ticket, fuel costs, Toll charges taxi fares, car hire costs and where
contact is effective for two or more consecutive day’s reasonable accommodation
● Costs attributable to the long-term illness or disability of any other child who you have
responsibility for (such expenses can include personal attendance, routine domestic
help, medical matters and diet)
● Payment of certain debts incurred before the parties separated.
● The maintenance element of costs incurred in relation to boarding school fees.
● The costs incurred of making payments in relation to a mortgage and insurance
policy on a property that you and your former partner shared prior to separation
provided you no longer has an interest in that property and the child is still resident
The above exceptions permit variations to assist the person who is paying child support.
However, there are also variations designed to assist the parent who is caring for the child
where it is deemed that the other parent is paying less than they otherwise should.
The Recipient Parent
Where the paying parent has additional unearned income in excess of £2,500.00 per annum
(such as income from property (i.e. rental income), savings, and investments (including
Where the paying parent has control of the amount of income they receive such that they
have unreasonably reduced their income in order to lower their liability to pay child support.
As can be seen, it is therefore extremely important that whenever an assessment is made in
relation to child support that consideration is given as to whether or not a variation either
upwards or downwards is possible.
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severity we are dedicated to helping you resolve your issues in the fastest, most effective
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