Hi. Thanks for your response.
You mention point of separation. Typically, is this when we agreed to separate or when my ex partner moved out (this is what we have adsumed to be the point).
Also, can you clarify my salary question as I have seen a significant rise in salary recently and since separation (additional responsibilities at work). Is my ex partner entitled to know this / know my current salary or simply my salary at point of separation?
Since our contact my ex partner has contacted the CSA. I have engaged with them advising of equal share of childcare arrangements, however they have contacted me to say that they are not recognising this!
Our exact arrangements arent quite equal. In any week the kids stay with me 3 nights and my ex partner 3 nights with an equal share of alternate Saturdays. As I have three nights that precede school I have responsibility for the full day and pay for childcare - that's 4 days and 3.5 nights. Slightly more than half, but happy to call it half.
I spoke with the CSA today and their stance is that they do not recognise the '0.5' night, and somehow consider the 'occasional' night as an access arrangement 26 weeks a year (I cant remember the exact term they used). I therefore have to pay £208.32 per month because my ex partner receives the child maintenance (she transferred it from our shared account without any prior consultation) and is the principal parent. I consider that they are not taking an equitable approach to this case. We clearly share the children equally. They advised I had a right to dispute, which I will.
Can you clarify / confirm the position on equal share of the children and requirement to pay maintenance - if the partner is not 'reasonable'.
I understand this to be a new string and happy to pay!