In the summer of 2013 the government announced that the number of parents paying maintenance for their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) had hit a record high.
Since then the new “regime” for calculating child maintenance has come into force for any new applications.
Here is a quick summary as a guide to the new regime:
1. The level of maintenance payable is calculated from the paying parent’s gross weekly income (all sources of income).
2. A deduction for Pension contributions is allowed where applicable.
3. For a resulting gross income of up to and including £800 per week, the child maintenance payable will be calculated 12% for one child, 16% for 2 children and 19% for 3 or more children.
4. For gross income above £800 and up to a maximum of £3,000 per week, the child maintenance payable will be calculated as 9% for 1 child, 12% for 2 children and 15% for 3 or more children.
5. A deduction will be made for any other child(ren) living with the paying parent (e.g. children of a new partner or step children) at the rate of 11% for one child; 14% for 2 children; or 16% for 3 or more children.
6. A reduction will be made depending upon the number of nights the child(ren) stay with the paying parent:
• 1/7th for 52 – 103 nights per year
• 2/7ths for 104 – 155 nights per year
• 3/7ths for 105 – 174 nights per year
• ½ for 175 nights or more.
Here is a link to the online Child Maintenance Calculator where you can carry out your own calculation: