Child support is the amount payable by one parent to the other following a separation as their contribution towards to costs of their children’s expenses.
Child support is determined by a complicated formula by the Child Support Agency, on the basis of the number of nights the child spends with each parent, the age of the child and the relative incomes of the parents.
It can be helpful to discuss child support issues at an early stage with an experienced Family Lawyer. In some instances the amount of child support can be reassessed in certain special circumstances. In some circumstances an issue can be heard by the Family Courts if there are already court proceedings taking place.
Parties can enter into their own Child Support Agreements, as to the payment of periodic or lump sum amounts and such agreements can include provisions as to the payment of particular expenses such as school fees and health insurance. Such agreements can be made binding upon the Child Support Agency.
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