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Topic:
New baby with new partner - child maintenance (4 Posts)
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05 February, 2018 03:37PM
New baby with new partner - child maintenance
MattSmy - 05 February, 2018 03:37PM
Hello, I will become a dad again later on in the year and have a court order to pay child maintenance to the ex. Can I reduce that amount once the new child is born or will it have to stay the same? Will it need to go to court again?
Re: New baby with new partner - child maintenance
davidterry - 05 February, 2018 06:17PM
You knew about your pre-existing obligations before you fathered another child. That is how a court will look at it.
Re: New baby with new partner - child maintenance
MattSmy - 06 February, 2018 10:33AM
Thanks, it was always the plan to have a child with my partner but of course we couldn't foresee the future at the time when financials were discussed - seems as though the CSA/ gov website thinks there will be a difference if circumstances change.
Re: New baby with new partner - child maintenance
davidterry - 06 February, 2018 11:07AM
The CSA simply looks at the number of children. You asked about varying a court order. You should also be aware that a court has power to top up a CSA assessment if it thinks the circumstances are appropriate (such as school fees needing to be paid).
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