Child maintenance Scotland
Hi new to this so hopefully someone can help. I pay for my son he is now 17yr old. He has just finished a course at college he is working through the Summer and then starting paid apprenticeship in August. When amd how does the maintenance payments stop? We are in Scotland.
Many thanks in advance
When payments will stop
Child maintenance payments usually continue until the child:
- turns 16, if they’re not in full-time education
- turns 20, if they're in full-time education up to and including SCQF level 6
- is 16 or over and leaves full-time education
- is 16 or over and starts full-time study at SCQF level 7 and above
If the child leaves and later returns to full-time education, the payments will need to be started again until the child either:
- leaves full-time education again
- studies at SCQF level 7 or higher
- turns 20
SCQF level 7 includes Scottish Advanced Highers, Higher National Certificates (HNCs), and Certificates of Higher Education. If your child studies above this level, child maintenance payments will usually stop. Check if your child is studying at level 7 or above on SCQF.org.uk.
If your circumstances change, you may need to re-visit your arrangement. If you’ve used the Child Maintenance Service, you must report any changes in circumstance to them.
Hi thank you. I thought that it had to be 12 hours a week at college not just one day? Even if its paid training?
@nmg yes, Education must be full-time (more than an average of 12 hours a week supervised study or course-related work experience
Its a very confusing as rules seem different on different govt sites . Some say if they are being paid then maintenance stops. Think i will contact CSA and clarify. Thank you.