New Child Maintenance regulations have come into force

On 30th June 2014 new Child Maintenance regulations came into force in England and Wales. Under these new regulations new applications for child maintenance will be assessed on the other parent’s gross income with the maintenance, generally, being payable at 12% for one child,  16% for two, an 19% for three or more. Where parents have an equal living arrangement neither parent can now make an application for child maintenance.

Additionally, most parents making new applications to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) will have to pay a £20.00 fee upon making the application and, if the parties ask the CMS to collect maintenance, the non-resident parent could find themselves being subject to a 20% administration fee added to the amount that they are required to pay.

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