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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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Hi, I pay child maintenance to the mother of my child. I also

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Hi,
I pay child maintenance to the mother of my child. I also receive a bonus at the end of the year. How should I calculate the portion of the bonus which should be paid in maintenance? Currently i just pay an amount based on guesswork which is well above the amount I am legally obliged to pay based just on my salary.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 2 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.
How often do you have the child overnight and are you responsible in any way for another child?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

have child approx 110 nights a year, no other children. I have done the csa form online, but it doesnt advise on anyway to treat an annual bonus, ie pay lump sum, or is it retrospective from the last year etc

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
I see.
Simply treat the bonus as additional income - and apply the appropriate percentage and reduction to it
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

so should i pay weekly based on my weekly salary, and then a lump sum when bonus is paid? and how do i calculate the correct percentage?

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
How often are you paid a bonus?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Once a year

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
If the CMS (new CSA) were involved they would base your weekly payment on the total you received last year including the Bonus - it would be the best way forward
You can read more on this site
http://www.nacsa.co.uk/index.php
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