Raising a child is a significant responsibility, and when parents separate or divorce, it is essential to consider the child’s best interests. Child maintenance is a regular payment made by one parent to the other to support the child’s living expenses. But what happens when the child reaches the age of 16? In this article, we will explore child maintenance after 16 and how mediation can help resolve any disputes.
Child maintenance is financial support that one parent provides to the other to help with the cost of raising their child. The amount paid is based on factors such as income, number of children, and custody arrangements. This payment typically continues until the child reaches the age of 16 or 18 if they are in full-time education.
Child Maintenance After 16
When the child turns 16, child maintenance payments can become a contentious issue, especially if there are disagreements over the amount of payment or if the child is still in education. While there is no legal obligation to pay child maintenance after the age of 16, the non-resident parent may still be required to contribute if the child is still in full-time education or has a disability.
The first step in resolving any child maintenance issues is to have an open and honest discussion with the other parent. If a mutual agreement cannot be reached, mediation is an effective way to find a resolution.
Child maintenance after 16 can be a sensitive and complicated issue, but with the help of mediation, it can be resolved quickly and effectively. At Barclay Devere Trowbridge, we understand the importance of reaching a mutually acceptable solution that considers the best interests of the child. Our team of experienced mediators can provide a safe and neutral space for parents to discuss child maintenance and find a resolution that works for everyone.
If you need help with child maintenance or any other family law issue, please contact Barclay Devere Trowbridge today.