How much child maintenance should I get for 4 children

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    My husband and I have recently separated and I would like to know how much child maintenance he should be paying for 4 children. He currently pays me £1350 per month which is the rent on the family home and bills as I don’t work (currently looking) and he has said that he will continue to pay me that. However, at some point, he is going to say that he can no longer afford to continue paying that so just wanted to know how much he should be paying as I am worried that I will not be able to afford everything to look after our boys.



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    This is the CMS calculator if you couldn’t keep things amicable. Please bear in mind that this is the absolute MINIMUM he should pay not an aspirational amount that represents the true cost of raising four children.

    Have you applied for benefits yet? If not do so as there is a 5 week delay between applying and receiving any money with universal credit. Do you have any children under 3?

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    Hi solomummy,

    Thanks for replying. I am already receiving universal credit so there will be no delay to my benefits although waiting to find out how much that will be. I have no kids under 3.

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    Have you informed uc of your change in circumstances? If not do as your payments will change. You’ll also be expected to find work to the equivalence in salary of 25xminimun wage rate or more if your children are under 13.

    The maximum you’ll receive will be :
    £317.82 your allowance

    £277.08 (born before 6 April 2017)
    £231.67 (born on or after 6 April 2017)

    For your second child and any other eligible children £231.67

    So if not working £1289 with four children allowance. You will however be put under a lot of pressure to find work.

    If the house is mortgaged, your ex should still be contributing towards that separately to the maintenance as that’s his shared debt.

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