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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 6 months 2 days ago #89438

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Hi
I’m currently paying equal amounts of maintenance to two different mothers through a private agreement (1 child each).
The one mother keeps asking for more money and has threatened CMS action to find out how much she should be getting.
How would the CMS calculate the amount she gets??
Do they speak with me first? Or go straight to HMRC?
Will the other maintenance be taken into concideration.

Thanks in advance

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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 6 months 2 days ago #89440

Hello Bob18

Maintenance is calculated based on the paying parent’s gross, taxable income. There are then other factors taken into account such as how many nights per week the child stays with the paying parent.

There is an Online calculator on the Child Maintenance Options website, www.cmoptions.org , which will give you an estimate of the amount that the Child Maintenance Service would ask you to pay. The total amount would then be split 50/50 between the two mothers as they do recognise family-based arrangements.

If an application was made with the Child Maintenance Service, they would contact you initially.

You can read detailed information about how the Child Maintenance Service work here, www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/upl...hild-maintenance.pdf

If you would like any further information and to receive a more personalised service, you can contact Child Maintenance Options directly.

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William

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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 6 months 2 days ago #89445

You could check with the calculator online to see what you should pay, and I believe other factors will be taken into consideration.
Things like your gross income, before national insurance and tax but after pension contributions, how many nights you have them stay,how many children you are paying for wether they are with two different parents is irrelevant in the amount you pay, it would just be split in half between the two parents.
Also if you have children living with you in another relationship

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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 6 months 11 hours ago #89490

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Thankyou for response everybody!

It’s quite simple then!
Split the money I should pay based on 2 children.

Why she would want to go down this route really amuses me. She won’t get much extra per week.
We have been very amicable for 5 years now. Why try to disturb that??

So can she find out how much she should be entitled too without applying??

Thanks in advance
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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 6 months 1 hour ago #89507

She can find out how much she is entitled. If you are happy to give her your income details and circumstances, she can run the simulation herself at www.gov.uk/calculate-your-child-maintenance/y . She can also call CMS and they can run the same exact simulation for her before applying.

However, what often happens in these cases is that the other person thinks you are cheating them and giving them the wrong information to try and mislead them, so that may not be of much help.

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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 6 months 2 minutes ago #89511

Hello Bob18

On the Child Maintenance Options website, www.cmoptions.org , there is an online calculator that can be used by anyone to find out how much maintenance they can expect to receive, or pay.

The amount isn't set in stone, but can be used to negotiate a private arrangement if you were looking to do so.

In regards to an accurate calculation performed by the Child Maintenance Service - these cannot be obtained without first applying for a maintenance arrangement to be set up through them.

If you would like any further information and to receive a more personalised service, you can contact Child Maintenance Options directly via their website.

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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 5 months 4 weeks ago #89576

Hi,
I use the CM online calculator (in fact I put it into a spreadsheet to make it easier for myself) to work out what I owe each month - this is rounded up slightly to the nearest £5 or so. While this means I slightly over pay, it does make the sums easier and has in the past meant that I have not had to change payments because pay rises..
I also provide my ex a copy of my P60 each year so that she verify to her satisfaction that I am paying the right amount (I have no idea if she does this) but it means that there is complete transparency and no arguments about Child Maintenance payments.

My partner's ex is not so transparent and has recently been made redundant - my partner doesn't know if the CM payments will continue, if she will see any of the money she is owed from her ex's redundancy payment (any amount which is taxed, ie above £30k, should included in CM calculations). She refuses to ask him about it incase he kicks off as he can be very nasty verbally.

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Paying child maintenance to 2 different mothers 5 months 3 weeks ago #89620

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Your partner would do well to consider opening a case with CMS, and to inform them about the redundancy payment, and they can sort it out, including any payment from benefits.

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