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[Solved] This is how I stopped Child Maintenance with 50/50 shared care

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I have a 6 year old daughter and my wife left me 2 years ago because she just didn't love me. I was 50/50 share with my daughter for 18months and didn't pay a penny in maintenance as I would go halves on everything. Only 4 months ago my ex decided I could only have my daughter when she worked (2nights out of 5) and wanted £150 off me. 2 months later I got my 50/50 back but she still wants the money as she says she is struggling. Do I have to pay? 

Posted : 29/04/2021 11:39 pm
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if its equal 50/50 care then no you shouldn't have to pay maintenance. do you have anything in writing of this agreement? as problem is if she contacts child maintenance, they will likely ask you to pay, and you would need to show evidence of 50/50 care, like a court order.

Posted : 30/04/2021 4:01 am
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I'm interested to know those that got 50 50 shared care, was there ex in agreement of this, or did the judge order it?


Posted : 08/05/2021 8:03 am
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I'm in the same position.


Equal shared care (currently via Consent Order but that's been sent to the Court to ratify via a Final Order).


Spoke to CMS yesterday but they simply would not accept the reality as the CB gets paid to the ex.


I have written to them last night quoting the legislation noted in the OP's post and asking for the case to be closed.

Why do they think they can take liberties like this?


Posted : 31/07/2021 2:00 pm
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