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Hi, thank you for your question. Has there been a formal child maintnenace application?
Thanks. Do you know his gross income, how many nights on average your daughter stays overnight with him each week and if ge has any other children in his care?
Thanks for confirming. Firstly child maintenance should not be used as a factor in contact between your daughter and the father. Child maintenance is his legal obligation and if he does not come to an agreement with you, you are within your right to submit an application to the child maintenance service (http://www.cmoptions.org/) and it is free to submit an application which can be done by phone. They will take your and his details and contact him to assess his income and work out his legal obligation. They will then give you options for how payment can be collected from him.
In relation to the contact arrangements, your daughter has a right to a relationship with him, but if he does not attend contact sessions then no-one can force him. If he attempts to have contact outside agreed times, then you will need to consider whether to pursue a court application for a child arrangement order. You should also be aware that in relation to contact arrangements these are not enforceable unless it is reflected in a court order.
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