A non-resident parent has 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.
Cutting through all that and cutting through the levels of payment, it’s payable until a child leaves full-time nonadvanced education.
It is not payable if a child is in further education such as college, university, or a vocational course. As soon as the child starts that course, legally, child maintenance is no longer payable to the non-resident parent.
As your son is now training to be a chef, a vocational course, then child maintenance is no longer payable to the resident parent.
However if you want to make payments directly to the child, (or the non-resident parent) that’s entirely up to you.
And here it is, in the second paragraph of this article:
Incidentally, if the child finishes school in June having done his exams but doesn’t start the new course until September, child maintenance is payable until the beginning of September because the holidays is deemed to be part of the previous year not the following year. Not applicable in your case because the child started the course six weeks ago in which case, child maintenance is payable up to the start of that catering course.
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