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If a non-resident parent (NRP) is in receipt of state pension and private pension income and has shared care of the children then the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) online calculation suggests a nil rate. If an NRP is receiving state pension are other income streams ignored?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 19/04/2017

The following Family Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a non-resident parent (NRP) is in receipt of state pension and private pension income and has shared care of the children then the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) online calculation suggests a nil rate. If an NRP is receiving state pension are other income streams ignored?

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) operates the statutory scheme (since 2012) for the calculation and payment of maintenance by a non-resident parent to the parent with whom the child lives. One of the objectives of the 2012 scheme was to promote family based agreements for maintenance, and as a result, significant fees are charged for using the CMS. This was a change from the previous schemes, which are still in operation in certain situations. Where the gross income of a non-resident parent (NRP) is less than £3,000 per week, the CMS has exclusive jurisdiction to deal with child maintenance where parties are unable to agree. The resident parent is not in those circumstances able to obtain an order from

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