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Child is 18yrs full time education and part time working. Can

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Child is 18yrs full time education and part time working. Can maintence be paid to the cihild?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  familylawexpert replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

If someone is liable to pay child maintenance, then they are required to pay it to the other parent (usually the mother), not to the child. However, of course, that is subject to any agreement between the parents for other arrangements. But, in the absence of agreement, it must be paid to the mother.

Please ask for any clarification you would like, otherwise I would be grateful if you could rate my answer.

Regards,
Mac
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Even though child is paying parent allowance out of his/her wages?

Expert:  familylawexpert replied 3 years ago.

The liability to child maintenance is not affected by many things, and what the child is doing with his/her own money is not relevant I am afraid.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So the absent parent pays for a child purely based on child in full time education regardless of any other income present parent may receive until 19yrs of age or the school year ending after that? Even though you know its not going towards childs needs but in luxuries but cant prove it.

Expert:  familylawexpert replied 3 years ago.
I'm sure the government would phrase it differently but, in broad terms, yes.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok. Not the answer I wanted but its the law. One last thing full time education doesnt include university as this is higher education at a-level and above is that correct?

Expert:  familylawexpert replied 3 years ago.

Yes, that's correct - it's only full-time education but to A-Levels or equivalent. And only up to the child's 20th birthday.

Yes, I'm sorry that's not what you would have wanted to hear overall, but am obviously constrained to tell you like it is...

If there's nothing more I can help you with, I'd be grateful if you rated my answer.

Best,
Mac
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