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My job is at risk & I'm trying to find out how much

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Hi, my job is at risk & I'm trying to find out how much maintenance I will need to pay if made redundant.
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: Currently I pay £1000 per month
JA: Family Court normally sits in a local County and Magistrates' Court. Do you know the location of the court? If not, what county do you live in?
Customer: ?
JA: What confuses you?
Customer: dont ned to go to court or need a magistrate Should I contact the CSA ?
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No that's it thanks
Submitted: 21 days ago.
Category: Family Law
Customer: replied 21 days ago.
I will hopefully receive a redundancy pay out. Which I will need to live off whilst searching for a new job. Is there a calculation to determine how much of any pay out I need to give to my x partner ? I have 2 children
Expert:  F E Smith replied 21 days ago.

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who decided that you should pay £1k per month?

and if you are made redundant what do you expect to pay?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Hi, the £1000 per month is based on my Salary of £100,000 per year. There is a government website (gov help) which calculated what I should pay. The CSA also came up with this figure. I expect this to drop substantially if I lose my job. Any lump sum pay-out is needed to pay off debts & mortgage etc. Trying to work out what I would need to pay, If I had say £50,000 left in my account ?
Expert:  F E Smith replied 21 days ago.

You would still need to pay at the CMS rates which are here

Do read the whole document but the basic rates start at the top of page 18.

Child maintenance is reduced by 1/7th for each 52 nights that the non-resident parent has the children.

However it is based upon income and if you have no income, then you pay the nominal amount every week. It’s not based upon capital so the lump sum would not be taken into account.

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Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Thanks FES. I have read the document. As I understand it, I am not required to pay anything whilst my income is zero. Any lump sum or other assets are not taken into account? Please confirm.
Expert:  F E Smith replied 21 days ago.

If you are on benefits which are listed on pages 23 & 24 of the guide, you would pay a flat rate of 7 pounds per week otherwise with no benefits and no income you pay nothing.

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Thanks FES, that's everything I need.
Expert:  F E Smith replied 21 days ago.

No problem at all. I am glad to help. Please come back to me at any time if anything needs clarification. Kind regards.