Farleys Solicitors has a specialist team of child support agreements solicitors who can provide advice about both voluntary child maintenance agreements and about CSA child support assessments. We have expert family law solicitors in our offices in Manchester, Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington and Shadsworth.
We help draft child maintenance agreements when parents or legal guardians reach their own arrangements in relation to financial support for a child following a separation or a divorce. This is usually preferable to involving the Child Support Agency (CSA), who can often take some time to carry out child support assessments. Where the CSA is involved, we can advise you on interim child maintenance payments.
We understand the end of a relationship is very stressful, and we know that both you and your partner will want to make the situation as easy as possible for your child and that you will want to ensure that you continue to provide your child with everything he or she needs. This is why, where possible, we recommend a voluntary child support agreement so as to keep relations as friendly as possible. A voluntary child maintenance agreement can cover:
- the amount of maintenance payable for a child
- the frequency of child support payments
- the arrangements for the maintenance payments, e.g. by standing order
- any agreement for periodic review of the amount of the child support payments
A child maintenance agreement could also include a child care (‘custody’) agreement. Where the child splits his or her time between parents, the amount of child support is usually reduced accordingly.
For child support advice or to speak to an expert family law solicitor about child maintenance agreements and ways to avoid using the CSA, contact a Farleys lawyer on 0125 460 6090 now or e-mail us.