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How to calculate maintenance

 
(@charlie225)
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Hi all,

 

When looking at the online calculator it says to enter your "total taxable income".

 

Does this mean everything that I earn?

Or do I enter my taxable pay?

There's a considerable difference in my total earnings and my taxable earnings.

 

Also. You enter how many nights you have the child. Is that literally all they calculate? I have my son 2 nights but 5 days a week. Surely having them during the day costs more as my ex only has him while he's sleeping.

 

Thank you

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Topic starter Posted : 08/12/2023 7:20 am
(@bill337)
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hi,

child maintenance is worked out on your annual gross income (before tax is deducted). e.g. if you have a permanent job with salary of 30k, that is amount you put into calculator. If your self-employed, then its your annual income (after expenses deducted).

unfortunately only overnight stays are taken into account for reduced maintenance payments. more info here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-we-work-out-child-maintenance/how-we-work-out-child-maintenance

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Posted : 08/12/2023 8:15 pm
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(@charlie225)
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@bill337 Thank you for your response and the info 👍

 

One more question if you're able to assist.

 

On the online calculator where it asked how many nights you have your child. 

I have my son guaranteed 2 nights a week along with all holiday I book (provided my ex let's me have him).

Do you know whether I should be putting 1-2 nights or 2-3 nights?

Technically I have him between 104-155 days (2-3 nights).

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Topic starter Posted : 09/12/2023 5:41 am
(@bill337)
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@charlie225 can you tell me what arrangements you have, nights in week and every other weekend?

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Posted : 09/12/2023 9:09 pm
(@charlie225)
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@bill337 I have my son every Monday and Tuesday night without fail. Along with any holiday I book (an extra 28 nights) spread over the year.

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Topic starter Posted : 09/12/2023 9:33 pm
(@bill337)
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@charlie225 i would put down 2 nights a week. just curious as to why you don't see kids on weekends?

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Posted : 10/12/2023 2:50 pm
(@charlie225)
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@bill337 I work nights and my ex works midweek. So I have my son Monday-Friday. He's not in school yet.

When he starts school I'll be putting forward the idea of weekends.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/12/2023 3:07 pm
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