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    TrailRunner
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    Hi,

    I’m a newbie to this forum but been a single dad for a while. My question is what’s the law on equally shared care? I have 2 kids part time with other parent, the older one now splits equally across both. It’s reasonable to expect to pay towards costs when it’s not equal parenting but I don’t see why I should pay when I already share all the costs. I also contribute to various additional costs. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks 😊

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    Akay
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    Hi,

    shared custody is a funny one with payments as they still see one parent being the main care giver (usually one receiving child benefit) although children stay with both equal amounts. This parent is in charge of ensuring they have necessities, for example, school uniforms, medicines, clubs etc. I don’t doubt you likely contribute to these as wel, however that’s reasoning behind payments. The amount due is considerably reduced because of the time you have them, and the costs you will incur doing so. I’m sure it’s reduced by 50% then takeaway another £7ish per child after that. It’s not ideal, and although most parents would be great full for the shared custody, you would still be liable for a small amount if the other parent requested, but you are within your rights to refuse any additional payments on top of this throughout year. Hope this helps a little x

    #63800 Report

    steve3334
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    under CMS rules, if there is equal day to day care of kids, then the parents do not pay any maintenance to each other. usually CMS will only accept this if you have a court order to show them that kids live with both parents, and theres equal 50/50 day to day care.

    #63801 Report

    TrailRunner
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    Thank you for the advice , can you explain the £7 point please, not sure what it means. Only have a draft shared agreement in place but both parties agreed it, it has been 50/50 for months but I’m still paying. Also does the teenage child have any say with the cms in this?

    #63802 Report

    Akay
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    You can find more information on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-maintenance-how-a-childs-living-arrangements-can-affect-payments-factsheet/how-your-childs-living-arrangements-affect-child-maintenance

    or call the child maintence advise line and they can help.

    but from what I researched if paying parent has children 175 or more days the payments is halved plus an extra £7 deduction for every child in this band. So if payment was £50 you would half it to be £25, then they reduce this payment again, so if only one child would minus £7 to make £19 payment or two children would be minus £14 to make £11 payment. Hope this makes sense.

    Also be careful with the wording you use as shared care still requires payment as you need to provide for essentials as I explained before but if you have equal day to day care then you do not have to pay as you are expected to provide daily. Xx

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Akay.
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    steve3334
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    hi,

    theres so many rules. you can take a look here where they explain:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-we-work-out-child-maintenance/how-we-work-out-child-maintenance

    if your paying through CMS, they will not speak to any children about the case. only the parents.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by steve3334.
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