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In respect of maintenance – it is the child maintenance service that has jurisdiction.
You can agree between you what he should pay if you want too.
The child maintenance service has a useful calculator on their website which will give you a rough idea of what he should be paying if you know his income.
In respect of his spending time with your daughter – all things being equal – the courts do consider that it is a child’s right to have a relationship with both of their parents.
That being said – your daughter doesn’t know her father by his choice and it is not fair on your daughter to have him walk in and out of her life in the future. This could effect your daughter emotionally if he did this.
If he wants to have a relationship with your daughter and spend time with her then in reality he is going to have to prove that he is committed to your daughter. Letters and cards is usually a good start if this is the plan.
If he didn’t agree then he could apply to court to spend time with your daughter. The court will only do this if they think it is in your daughters best interest. If his commitment is lacking then he will not find this easy at all.
Contact and Maintenance are separate. The father is still financially responsible for your daughter even if he is spending no time with her.
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