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1. If the Irish father of your son Ben is resident in the UK, then you need to open a case with the Child Maintenance Service who can enforce payment against the father in the UK. Here is a link to the UK Government website where you can start an online account to get the child maintenance payments paid to you. Manage your Child Maintenance Service case - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The rate of child maintenance payment for one child is 15% of the net after tax income of the father. So, in essence, the father will have to disclose his income to the Child Maintenance Service and you can have the monies deducted at source from his income each week or month, depending upon when he gets paid.
2. Be aware that there is 4% of the maintenance payments deducted by the Child Maintenance Service as a contribution towards the running of the service. Be aware that it makes no difference that you are Brazilian or that the maintenance payments might go into a Brazilian bank account. You can still use the Child Maintenance Service to collect the payments for you and have them paid over to you each month.
3. Yes. That is the rate of payment for one child.
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5. Yes, the Child Maintenance Service is available to you, even though you might be in Brazil. It is open to anyone who needs child maintenance paid to them.
6. You should first try to make a private arrangement with the father of Ben so that he can make voluntary payments. However, if this does not work, then the Child Maintenance Service is open to you to get payment.
7. There is no law in the UK which states that the father must look after his children equally. The law simply lays down set amounts which are due in child maintenance. So, you can get the amount due enforced with the Child maintenance Service.
8. The Child Maintenance Service won´t check how much Ben needs to live upon. The amount is purely based on the income of the paying parent. You will need his address and details so that the Child Maintenance Service can locate him and enforce the payment order against him. Essentially, the Child Maintenance Service needs to be able to locate him in the UK and make the payment order against his income. So, this is information you need to obtain.
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10. It makes no difference to the issue of disclosure of his income that he was previously living in Germany. It will be his income in the UK which will count towards the Child Maintenance payments.
11. You will have to either find out yourself or else ask the Child Maintenance Service to assist you in this regard. Essentially, the father of Ben will have to disclose to them just what he is earning in the UK.