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Child maintenance for child turning 18 soon.

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My son will be turning 18 this Saturday and he's going to be finishing his A Levels soon. Do I still have to pay maintenance? Also my wife has got into a new relationship.


Topic starter Posted : 13/07/2022 3:54 pm
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do you have private arrangement or paying through CMS? in theory if child leaves full-time education, then child benefit/maintenance stops. 

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-levelsHighers, orequivalent. u're%20normally%20expected%20to,equivalent.

When does Child Benefit stop?

Child Benefit stops automatically on 31 August after your child’s 16th birthday. If your child stays in ‘approved’ education Child Benefit can continue to be paid.

You need to inform HMRC that you child is not leaving approved education or your Child Benefit will stop.

If your child continues in approved education Child Benefit will stop at the end of February, 31 May, 31 August or 30 November (which ever is first) when they:-

  • leave approved education or
  • start to get Universal Credit or
  • start work of more than 24 hours per week or
  • start a course of Higher Education or
  • reach the age of 20


When can Child Benefit continue for children 16 and over?

Child Benefit can continue for a child under 20 years old if they stay in ‘approved’ further education or training.

Posted : 13/07/2022 6:41 pm
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My son is 18 and has completed a level 3 BTEC course. He is autistic but was refused an Educational Health Care Plan. He has severe issues socially and mentally. He has had a lack of support from school and college.

Posted : 05/08/2022 8:47 am

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