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I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma, but will do my best to provide you with advice and guidance on what to do next. If there is no court ordered child maintenance, e.g. as per a divorce financial order, then your liability for child maintenance ended once he started full time education. However, your child can still claim maintenance from you - and if you can agree it between you then you should do that, otherwise your child can raise a claim via the courts and the courts will decide.
It is not possible to state how much you will have to pay because that will be an assessment made by the court based on your full financial disclosure. But you can use a CMS calculator to try to get a round figure based on your income (CMS calculators go up to an income of £3k a week). See here: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-child-maintenance
Please bear in mind that these calculators are for school children up to A levels or equivalent, and your son will have additional expenses as he is in university, so only use it as a base figure. It is probably best to discuss with your son what his termly expenses are and then take a view on what percentage of those expenses you and his other parent wish to meet - bearing in mind any student loans or grants he may be eligible for.
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