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Family Mediation
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Children's Arrangements

Separating Finances & Property

Maintenance Arrangements
tel: 07591 085389
Day & evening appointments
in Woodcote, South Oxfordshire
and Reading Town Centre

Making Family-Based Child Maintenance Arrangements

Man and Woman worried about maintenance payments for children

Child maintenance is regular reliable financial support that helps towards a child's living costs. Families are now encouraged to make family-based arrangements as they are quicker and easier to arrange without involvement of the CSA (Child Support Agency), The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or the courts. The CMS is introducing application fees and surcharges on fees they collect and pay, making going through the CMS a more expensive option.

Many parents struggle to work out the amount of support required, and it can be determined by looking at the guidelines set by the CMS. This is a guideline only, and parents can agree between themselves to pay more, or less, depending on need and ability to pay the amount agreed. This is where mediation can help parents look beyond a set formula, and come up with a creative and amicable arrangement that suits their own family circumstances

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