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Child Maintenance For Higher Income Individuals

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I have separated from my now ex-wife for 6 years.

When we separated I had a relatively modest income (~50K). I paid child maintenance based on this. This income has steadily risen and so has the child maintenance payments.

Over the past 4 years my income had steadily risen some more. First it has risen to just over 150K. Child maintenance through CMS is capped at gross income of 3K a week (which is just about 150K annual).

My income is now ~400K. 

CMS will still calculate based on a cap of ~150K.

At the time of separation, a parent can ask the court for a special arrangement for higher income individuals. There is case law that determines child mainteance at the time of separation based on the entire income. 

However, I found no precedent for individuals whose wealth has significantly improved some time after the separation.

I'd like to understand the likelihood that I will be ordered to pay more, if the other parent decides to go to court.

I will also talk to a solicitor about this, I'd like to know if people have had experience with this.




Topic starter Posted : 24/05/2023 4:28 pm
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Very good Question. Have same story. Thats why set up with account lower salary a Year. But did mistake by paying myself dividends .

Posted : 25/05/2023 10:29 pm

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