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Clare
Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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Do I legally still have to pay child support for my 17 year

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Do I legally still have to pay child support for my 17 year old daughter who has left school and is undertaking an apprentice in hairdressing.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Do you pay via a court order or the CSA?
is your daughter spending more that 12 hours a week in college?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No payment are made via court order or CSA. I pay my ex wife monthly a mutually agreed amount into her bank account.


My 17 year old daughter works in a hairdressers 5 days a week, earning a low wage as part of her week is seen as training days. She does not attend college. I thought that because she had left full time education I was no longer legally responsible to keep paying. My ex wife however is saying I have to pay until she is 18years old.

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Do you happen to know if she is still in receipt of Child Benefit for either child?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Child benefit was stopped when my daughter left school.

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Then you no longer have to pay Child Maintenance - that is only payable if the :child" spends more than 12 hours a week in Secondary Education (college)
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Clare