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So she left the 9yr old waiting for someone to collect him?
is her controlling behaviour also impacting on the children?
what is the child contact you have now?
What you have been told is correct. The only liability that a non-resident parent has is to pay child maintenance 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.
That is unless the paying parent has a large amount of income in which case the court will get involved with additional payments such as uniforms holidays after-school care et cetera et cetera but that’s only in exceptional cases. Usually it’s dealt with by CMS.
However what you haven’t told me is what the residents arrangements are for the child.
It appears that she simply abandoned the child outside the school in which case you would be quite justified in having the child live with you and making an emergency application in that respect pending a full hearing.
My bad spelling/typo.
It used to be called custody but hasn’t been called custody for about 20 years. Don’t ask me why they changed it.
In a nutshell, you can’t.
Your remedy, as I mentioned earlier, is an application to court for the child to live with you the basis that she is not looking after the child which is witnessed by her abandonment outside the school.
If you make the application for the child to come and live with you and you will then provide that care, it may focus her mind. Because there is some urgency here you would be quite justified in my opinion making an emergency application to court