My DS has just completed GCSE's and is now thinking of an apprenticeship rather than college. My court order after divorce from exh states that payments be made until DS is 16 or 18 if in full time education. As they get paid so little and apprenticeships are still 'education', does exh still have to pay me maintenance for DS? As exh refused any contact with me and still does all our division of assets and care for DS was through the courts. DS spends no nights with his DF. thanks for any help.
Thanks I did wonder but there seems to be so much conflicting info on internet about it. Some sites say that as he is being taught a skill it is still regarded as education. And that also child benefit will continue untill he is 18 if on apprenticeship..
I think technically speaking apprenticeships are not counted as full time education. But you should be able to reach an agreement because he won't be earning nearly enough to be self supporting or even cover costs if he's living with you.
www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19 According to this link CB is only payable if the apprenticeship is unpaid. Fingers crossed I'm wrong and both CB and CSM are still payable as it does seem very wrong the your ex can stop supporting his child.
Thanks all. It seems so unfair. Exh is a very high earner but I doubt he will help DS out at all, I know he feels he is paying too much for him atm. But the apprenticeships pay so little wages, DS will never be able to survive on that and I earn only minimum wage also. Dont know what to do really..thanks anyway
Could someone help and advise please. When would CSA payment stop? 16 year old, just finished GCSEs and now starts full time work 9-5 Monday to Friday at the end of August. Training on the job (NVQ) not going to college. Thanks in advance. Would some kind of order to stop payment need to be obtained via the CSA also?
if its a traineeship then yes, its counted for child benefit, but sorry a apprenticeship is not. child benefits, tax credits and any maintenance would stop on the day before they started the apprenticeship/job.