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When does child maintenance stop

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Just wanting some clarity on when child maintenance will stop. 

I have just been told by child maintenance stops when the person claiming the money turns 20, as long as the parent is claiming some sort of  benefits. 

My daughter is 18 in April and although enrolled in college last year, she never really attended, so they have excluded her. I do get that I may have to pay till the end of the acedemic year, but nothing is stopper her enrolling again next year and then doing the same again.

Is this just a case of just deal with it, or is there anything that can be done?.I was on hold to child maintenance for over 30 minutes and when I asked to speak to someone senior they said there would be a 60 minute wait, then the phone went dead

Topic starter Posted : 18/03/2022 5:23 pm
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You're normally expected to pay child maintenance until your child is 16, or until they're 20 if they're in school or college full-time studying for: A-levels. Highers, or. equivalent. u're%20normally%20expected%20to,equivalent.

CMS view is that you would continue to pay maintenance as long as child benefit case is open. They expect parents to report any changes, so unfortunately if a receiving parent is dishonest, child benefit and maintenance can last longer than permitted.

Posted : 18/03/2022 6:43 pm
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So, my daughter is doing A levels in June so will finish college then - does that mean I pay until June or until the new school year starts in September?


Posted : 24/03/2023 5:59 pm

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