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There's no additional 'rights' or 'powers' that the father will have in the UK courts simply because he is a UK citizen.
The court would look at the best interests of the child/ children and would also look to maintain the status quo where possible, provided that the child/ children are happy with the current arrangement.
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Of course. Yes if the child and also the paying parent is resident in the UK she can ask the child maintenance service to intervene and set up a direct payment.
The child maintenance service will assess his income and direct that he pays monthly accordingly. There's an online calculator at www.gov.uk, search "calculate child maintenance".
If the CMS can't get involved, say for example if he remains outside the UK, then she could go to the UK family court for a maintenance order that can be enforced in the country that he is living in. It's a little more complex this way, obviously, but still possible.
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Hello, happy to help, of course.
Child maintenance cover basics such as food, clothing, contribution towards accommodation etc.
It does not cover the mortgage, it does not cover private school fees, or optional extras.
I hope that this assists?