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Please may I ask:
- is your granddaughter currently in full time education? If so what type of course is it?
Thank you for your response.
Just a few more questions.
As your granddaughter is 18 and she is not currently a student - is she currently employed? If not - what is she doing? Did she finish A Levels recently?
Is your granddauhter still living with her mother? Is her partner living there also? or ar there living elsewhere together?
Sorry to press - I just need to clarify so that I give you the right information - is she currently on the 12 hour course or thinking of applying for it? did she finish her a levels this year?
Thank you for clarifying that for me.
The boyfriend wont count for the calcluation. The factors that the Child Maintenance Service will consider as to whether your son is still liable for maintenance are the age of his daughter and the type of education that she is in.
Child Maintenance through the CMS (new name for CSA) is only payable until a child reaches 16.
Child Maintenance can however continue pst 16 - up to the age of 20 - as long as the child is in Full Time Non Advanced education.
Full time normally means a course that is more than 12 hours. Non advanced means that it cannot be a univsersity course or NVQ's post level 3. You therefore need to find out the type of course she is considering.
If your granddaughter is not currently a student that your son's liability for Child Maintenace has ended.
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I do agree. Perhaps the mother is aware of the rules and playing this to her advantage. It is imprtant that your son contacts the child maintenance service and confirms that his daughter is not currently in education. He also needs to make sure that the details of any course are provided to him so the position can be checked.