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Child Maintenance - online calculator v CMS calculator

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littleacceb Sat 10-Mar-18 09:57:15

Hi, all. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the child maintenance calculator differing significantly from the actual amount dictated by the CMS, and the factors that might cause this.

My ex-husband is refusing to pay the maintenance amount given out by the calculator. I get that it's because it's rather a lot and he'd rather have the money for himself, but he seems fixated on an amount £200 less each month, which he believes is correct because of "travel time", as he moved 40 minutes away from the family home and the children's school.

He is also applying through court for 50/50 time during the holidays, but as this will keep the average over the course of the year firmly in the 2-3 days a week range, that shouldn't come under the definition of "shared care" and therefore stop payments, should it?

I suppose I just want to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Thanks in anticipation. x

meme70 Sat 10-Mar-18 10:04:05

Ignore him
Get the money your children are owed from CMO
They don’t take into account travel lmao he’s one isn’t he.they go by how many nights children stay not shared care as it’s not shared 52 weeks the year. Work out how many nights they sleep at his a year.

I’ve spent 16 years with an ex avoiding paying for his 2 daughters and left me to it he owes £5500 and I tell you he’s earn a lot more than they know. He never even had them or provided anything for them as I left him !

It takes a while to get a payment and if he won’t reoky to them they take his earning from the kat tax year from the tax man and if he ignores them CMO take it directly out his bank so try get his bank details.
I did the pay me to me thingy and he stopped after 6 months and never provided anything.

Miserableinmarriage Tue 13-Mar-18 22:45:36

He can apply for a variation based on travel costs too and from picking up the children. He would have to provide evidence to show how often he is travelling, the type of car he is using etc. It does have to cost him more than £20 per week in travel costs (I think) before it Is considered under a variation.

If the holidays still keep him within the 2-3 nights shared card band then he will have a reduction for shared care but will still be expected to pay child maintenance

Fullfatlatte Wed 14-Mar-18 12:57:34

My advice, contact child maintenance pay the £20 to have him assessed & they do the rest (working out what he will need to pay etc) If he doesn’t pay as per their instructions then they will take further action against him eg take direct from his employer. I did it last year & found out my ex husband had been underpaying me by £120 (we had a private arrangement). Getting it done officially was the best thing & he’s assessed automatically each year. Good luck

greenberet Thu 15-Mar-18 15:34:12

I'm in a similar situation CMS have calculated what x should be paying including arrears - he has calculated a figure half this amount - I've asked them how they say probably through online calculator - he's company director of own company so basically can come up with whatever he likes - and this figure is from tax office. He's telling CMS they are using wrong figures and we are now going to tribunal - whatever this involves - imgetting to the point where I have had enough of all this - think I'm in danger of financially crippling myself and may just let him have the kids live with him - the ongoing stress has reduced me to a blob and I'm really not sure how much longer I can continue to pick up his responsibility - the relationship with kids is strained anyway _ they have been through too much shit _ maybe I just need to remove myself otherwise I think I am going to have a breakdown

Fullfatlatte Sat 17-Mar-18 21:02:07

Greenberet so sorry to read what you are going through. Hang in there, I nearly lost the plot but friends & family helped me through. I hope you have someone close you can talk things through with. Stick to your guns, CMS won’t be getting it wrong as they get info direct from the tax office so it’s totally correct. Sounds like he’s trying to shirt his responsibilities!! Please, please don’t give in to him. You will get through this, just take one step at a time. Take a deep breath (one more time) & do what you need to do. Take care X

greenberet Sun 18-Mar-18 08:49:22

@Fullfatlatte - thank you so much for your kind words of support - sometimes this is just what we need to hear - that we are not alone in our battle and that we can get through this - RL support all get that he is scum but there's only so much they can do - and honestly if anyone had said you would still be doing this 4 years down the line I don't think I would have believed them - his mother must be turning in her grave - to think that he could so nearly have been without kids if I had not stood by him and this is how he treats me and more to the point them - perhaps this is a lesson not to muck about with the flow of nature! And you. X

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