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Child maintenance reduction - what can I do?

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OutThereAgain Sun 18-Nov-12 23:13:10

ExH has said he will be reducing child maintenance by one third next year. He claims this is on the basis of his earnings, though has not offered any evidence to support this. Also the figure he bases his income on is basic salary only but he works in a job where at least 50% of compensation is made up of bonus. Bonus is discretionary but he has always had one. The consent order in which maintenance was set (more than a year ago) set the maintenance by reference to his basic plus bonus in that year.

I would not object to a reduction in the maintenance if his total earnings actually supported it, but it is clear that that's not the case. Lifestyle points to far higher earnings. I've never asked for an upward review so I'm shocked that he thinks he can just tell me he's cutting it by a third next month.

What can I do, in legal terms?

OwlLady Tue 20-Nov-12 17:31:58

things have changed drastically in the last six months with the CSA if they are now providing an efficient system

olgaga Tue 20-Nov-12 22:54:53

The whole point about the Gross Income Calculation is that it can be checked on an annual basis with HMRC, unlike net income. That's why they are doing it.

There have been delays in processing new cases under the new scheme, they were only taking families with four children with the same NRP initially, but it being gradually extended.

Obviously people are being encouraged to come to their own "family based arrangements".

The website I linked to above seems to give a pretty quick response to enquiries - in my experience anyway.

OutThereAgain Wed 21-Nov-12 10:49:57

Thanks for all your help. Olgaga I will call the number to speak to the CSA people and see what they recommend.

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