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Hi, thank you for your question. Child maintenance is the legal obligation of the non-resident parent and does not depend on the financial circumstances of the main carer. To confirm whether you are paying the correct amount, please confirm:
-How was the £200 contribution reached? By a CSA calculation or in a court order as part of the divorce? If a court order, was it made by consent and when?
-How many children are there and how old are they?
-What is your gross taxable income each year?
-How many nights, on average, do the children stay overnight with you each week?
-Are there any other children in your main care, if so how many?
Thanks for confirming. On the basis that your gross income is £14,500 per year, two children who stay with you (on average) less than once a week and one child in your household, you would be liable for £40 per week child maintenance or £174 per calendar month.
If there is no formal child maintenance calculation or court order in place, then you should propose to reduce your liability to this amount.
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