Child support is mostly dealt with outside of the court process, either by agreement between the parties or by one party making an application for a child support assessment through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
The government website has a helpful child support calculator, which is of great assistance to anyone trying the reach an agreement.
A solicitor may become involved when, for various reasons, the CMS does not have jurisdiction. In those circumstances, we can help you to negotiate an agreement. Alternatively, we can draft a child maintenance agreement, to record terms that have been agreed. We may also draft a consent order within divorce proceedings to record such an agreement (although the agreement within a court order will only remain binding for one year).
If you need to challenge a child support assessment that has been made, which you believe to be incorrect, then we can provide you with guidance and representation in relation to reviews and appeals.