Child support is a certain fixed amount that is paid by one of the parents to the other, generally the one who undertakes the custody of the child for the financial support and good upbringing of their common child. This is a common situation that parents have to face following a divorce or separation. Also known as alimony, this amount that is transferred from one parent to the other in order to support the child in the best possible way from the combined incomes/wealth of both the parents.
Keeping in mind the benefits of the child various laws have determined different rules for child support payments that completely depends on the circumstances of both the parents. Determining the right amount for child support payments is a difficult task which is why the child support law is very complex in UK and is reviewed from time to time. As the non resident parent has a legal duty to pay up for the well being of the child, whether or not he has a contact with the child, the government ensures that the other parent receives a regular income from the non resident parent.
As people are not much aware of the child support rules and there is no substitute for consulting a family law solicitor at the time of the divorce or separation in order to get advice about this, parents generally either work on mutual consent by means of court order by take help from the CSA Child Support Agency. For the parents who pursue support from the CSA, the agency calculates a fixed amount depending on the information provided by the parents that should be paid regularly. This amount depends on factors like salary, income support, allowances, any other children from new relationships etc. In addition to all other rules, one of the most important CSA rules is obtaining relevant information from the non-resident parent. If the non-resident parents provide irrelevant information CSA applies a default figure of child support which results in paying more CSA payments than otherwise.
There are number of advantages of taking your money through CSA, as the CSA rules can be altered with material circumstances changes, which can be beneficial for both the parents. For instance, if the non-resident parent gains an income hike or loss or has another child, etc he/she can always visit the association to review the amount of alimony. On the other hand, if the non-resident parent refuses to pay the amount the association has powers to ensure it is paid. Under such circumstances, CSA directly deducts the fixed amount from the parent’s salary, just like income tax.