Child Maintenance

April 15, 2020

Jeremy Sogno

We are committed to supporting our clients through the legal issues that the Corona pandemic presents.

One likely issue is difficulties surrounding payment of maintenance either Court directed or via the Child Maintenance Service (formerly the CSA).

If the application is granted, it will be allowed from the date of the application (though this rule is not absolute) - so time is of the essence.

If the change is:-

- A 25% or more drop in income – the change will be from the date of the application.
- “an anticipated change of circumstances” the change will be from the date of the change.

These are turbulent times with furlough and redundancy rife. It will pay to keep these matters under review.

The Court can vary a Maintenance Order (including periodical payments order) whenever there is a “material” change of circumstances. Care is needed with these applications. They can be expensive and time consuming. Each case turns on its own facts and we would be more than happy to advise you on this.

If we can assist you with any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our family team on 01323 720 142.