[Sticky] When does child maintenance (CMS) stop after a child leaves education?
Hello good morning. I thought i'd just do a quick video because i've seen a lot of inquiries about payment of child maintenance payments, and as it's now June a lot of children have left college and have, in some cases already started employment or going off to university, so there's lots of queries about whether child maintenance should be paid.
Well, first of all, kind of yes, and no it depends on the situation. What's key though is the child benefit cut-off dates so if a child is in education and finishes their exams maybe mid-june, the child benefit agency will continue to pay child benefit until September therefore the Child Maintenance Service will therefore use that as a cut off date for the payment of child maintenance. Okay and you know this is traditionally put down to the fact that children will often go back to college and reset a levels or maybe they don't know what they want to do but the facts are the end of the day, child benefit actually has four cut off dates during the year.
Now what a lot of people don't realize is those four cut off dates are important because one of those cut off dates is in June so here's the important Child Maintenance point, if your child left education prior to 1 June, and has started employment child benefit should have stopped on the 1st of June If they left education after the 1st of June and went into employment. child benefit will stop in September, around about the 5th of September this year And so that's it.
so i'll give you an example i recently dealt with a case where the child left education in April, and the child maintenance service were informed in may that the child had left education but the child maintenance service insisted that child maintenance was to paid because child benefit was being paid. Well a quick contact with the child benefit agency, where they said well do you want to make a fraud report and various other letters soon resolve that because basically the child left education in april and therefore child benefit should have absolutely assist what's up completely on the 1st of June so that case is now resolved so just a quick one if your child leave education before the first adjoining gets a job CMS should stop from the 1st of June because child benefits should stop being paid if they leave after June then the next cut-off date is the 5th or 4th o September hope this helps have a great day, see you later cheers.
I’ve an 18 year old that left full time education 28th June 2022. He’s been working since and continues to do so.
I’ve spoken to the CMS who date that unless the child benefit ceases to be paid then the CMS will continue.
I have spoken to the child benefit office twice now and in-line with your advice they said that if he left June from education then it could take three months before the benefit ceases.
however my ex wife has contacted the child benefit on my advice, as I explained she was claiming fraudulently.
the latest I have is that they have agreed he is in a transitional work phase and would get a reduced child benefit amount which ultimately means I still have to pay CMS for my son (£585 per month )
very confusing as he earns anywhere between £500-£1000 a month
have you come across this previously as I am hitting brick walls with both the CMS and Child Benefit.
@bill337 thanks again , spoken to the child benefit office just now. I have had to raise a fraud case.
crazy that I have confirmation of my some leaving college in email from the college but it’s only the claimant ( ex wife that can inform them ) I asked to provide my sons payslips and evidence that he has left college and requested to be sent the process that states this is correct , he put the phone down , can you believe.
anyway thanks for your above and link.