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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 5 days ago #101299

My daughter turns 20 at the end of November.
In the summer she left full time education and is now working full time.
The CMS have now sent me a new 'annual review of child maintenance with payments I will owe for the next 12 months from 21/09/19.
I try messaging the CMS via their online messaging portal, and, as always get absolutely zero response. Working 12 hour days to pay their hiked charges, it is very difficult to call them and wait 20 mins on hold.
My daughter texed me in June to say she only lives with her mother (the claimant) 2-3 days a week - I sent this to the CMS but again get zero response and of course no reduction in my payments.
Surely my payments should now stop anyway?

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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 4 days ago #101307

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Hi, yes, if she's left full time education, then September should have been your last payment, and in any even they stop when she is 20. Normally, I wouldn't advise just stopping paying CMS, but in this case, I fail to see that they could come after you for arrears when you blatantly aren't due, and the absolute worst they could do is to get you for arrears up to November, so I think in this case, I would say that you try to call them a couple more times, and if not, state on their portal (and perhaps in writing by recorded delivery) that you are stopping payments, with the reasons why, plus a contact number for you, and let them chase you up.

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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 4 days ago #101308

Just tagging onto this and checking that your daughter does not require any special support? I am not sure if that makes any difference at all, but otherwise I would agree that your support should stop and it seems logical as actd suggested to contact them and stop.

My question is, my daughter is now 15 and would be considered special needs at her mainstream school. Therefore it is likely she will have extended education before hopefully finding a job that she can fit into, whenever that is. I believe that I will continue paying child maintenance(through CMS) until she is 20, but would I have obligations beyond that?

Of course, I understand that if she has needs that requires extra costs to my ex wife beyond 20 that I would continue with financial support, however as with many on here, I would prefer to be making that decision myself and paying my daughter directly, not funding my ex's life purposes.

Hopefully someone may know and maybe has relevance to the original question.

Thanks

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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 4 days ago #101313

Child maintenance payments usually stop when the child reaches 16 (or 20 if they're in full-time education up to A-level or equivalent). Child maintenance can also stop if, for example: the child stops being eligible for Child Benefit. the parent being paid stops being the child's main carer.

When child maintenance payments stop - GOV.UK

www.gov.uk › when-child-maintenance-payments-stop

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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 4 days ago #101321

Thanks for the advice guys.

I got paid today and they have taken this months money - It gets taken direct from my wages for some reason and they dont answer me when I request to have a direct payment option, even though I always pay.

I am a still bit worried that they have sent a 12 month payment play to start from this month when they know she is 20 in November???

I guess I will have to ring them but they are so condescending and obnoxious on the phone I often lose my temper with the useless sods.

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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 4 days ago #101322

She has a diagnosis of aspergers but I think she receives a separate benefit for that.

"not funding my ex's life purposes" - Sadly I think a lot of payments do just that, certainly in my case. Just a shame the CMS and CBA make it all too easy..

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Surely my payments should stop... 3 weeks 4 days ago #101323

HRabbit wrote: Just tagging onto this and checking that your daughter does not require any special support? I am not sure if that makes any difference at all, but otherwise I would agree that your support should stop and it seems logical as actd suggested to contact them and stop.

My question is, my daughter is now 15 and would be considered special needs at her mainstream school. Therefore it is likely she will have extended education before hopefully finding a job that she can fit into, whenever that is. I believe that I will continue paying child maintenance(through CMS) until she is 20, but would I have obligations beyond that?

Of course, I understand that if she has needs that requires extra costs to my ex wife beyond 20 that I would continue with financial support, however as with many on here, I would prefer to be making that decision myself and paying my daughter directly, not funding my ex's life purposes.

Hopefully someone may know and maybe has relevance to the original question.

Thanks


She has a diagnosis of aspergers but I think she receives a separate benefit for that.

"not funding my ex's life purposes" - Sadly I think a lot of payments do just that, certainly in my case. Just a shame the CMS and CBA make it all too easy..

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Surely my payments should stop... 2 weeks 5 days ago #101404

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I think, though I could be wrong, that CMS don't deal with any child maintenance payments where there are special needs - I think this is where the courts can make a maintenance order and the CMS won't overrule. Would need to be verified with CMS though.

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