A child support calculator can be a good way to get an idea of how much child support you may be entitled to. Both parents are responsible for the costs involved in raising a child. Child support – also known as child maintenance – is paid by one parent to the other parent following the breakdown of their relationship (it can also be paid even if the parents have never been in a relationship).
The purpose of child maintenance is to help cover your child’s living costs, now that the child’s other parent no longer lives with you.
Understanding how child support works is vital if you want to start planning for your future. Knowing how much the other parent may have to pay in child support can help you to begin to budget for life as a single parent.
You can use a child support calculator to help you and the other parent reach an agreement about the level of child maintenance the other parent should pay.
A child support calculator can provide you with a figure which you can use to begin discussions with the other parent.
If, for whatever reason, you are unable to come to an agreement with the other parent (with or without the child support calculator), you can make an application for child support through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
In this instance, a child support calculator can be used to give you an idea of how much child support you may expect to receive.
A child support calculator should be able to give you a good idea of the amount of child support you could expect.
However, if you are going through a divorce, it’s important to note that child support is only one element of what can be a highly complex process.
So while a child support calculator can be used to help you get an idea of a possible child support amount, it is no replacement for legal advice from a family solicitor.
A child support calculator can be found on the government website.
Remember, this will only give you an idea of what you are likely to receive. A child support calculator will not provide you with a final figure.
You could use the amount given to you on a child support calculator to begin discussions with the other parent.
A child support calculator can also help you to plan for the future.
However, a child support calculator cannot replace independent legal advice from an experienced divorce solicitor.
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