Does a child from a new relationship reduce the financial obligation to your ex-spouse

by , 29 Apr 2012

My husband has 2 children with his ex-wife for whom he pays school fees in addition to their maintenance. We now have a son - does that reduce his payments for his other children?


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Hi susiep and welcome to the forum.

Speaking from personal experience yes it does as the CSA take into account of the household the husband lives in first and foremost. So addition to your family they will make allowances for that. Best to speak to the CSA.

Congratulations on your new baby boy. Good luck.

by serena1, 29 Apr 2012

Please don't tell my ex that, its bad enough getting money out of him as it is, if he realises he can get out of paying me by having another child he would!

by Jazzj, 29 Apr 2012

I don't have much time for these weeds that give up their status as men because they choose to not provide for their children...

by rosetta, 4 Nov 2012

Absolutely, once a parent, always a parent, and parents should provide for their children until they are of an age to provide for themselves financially, and they should always be there to offer emotional support, whether they are together as parents or not.. There should be no opt-out clause!!

by Jazzj, 4 Nov 2012

Also the new partners wage would also be taken into account for the previous children .This is the way the CSA works..Thank goodness..If I left my children ,yes I would expect to contribute to their wellbeing ,they are the innocents in all this ...if my new partner didn't like it ...too bad.

by rosetta, 5 Nov 2012


by Jazzj, 5 Nov 2012

The csa is completely useless!

If a guy is self employed (not paye) he can get away with anything. However, if he is on paye there is no flexibility and the csa deducts what it likes.
I have a friend who's ex is a company director and pays her sod all unless he feels like it. The csa can't do anything about it - or it is too much hassle. On the other hand, my son is forced to pay his ex about 1/5 of his income (automatically deducted) even though he can scarcely meet his obligations (I have to help him out) and he is also repaying his ex's debts (again enforced) which she kindly left behind when she found another man - who she cannot move in with as he won't leave his wife - although she is still 'seeing him'.
I honestly thing things were better before the csa was formed and the court considered everything on an individual basis and made an informed decision. Nowadays it is all just box ticking.

by deb888, 1 Dec 2012

I find it so sad when children are involved .i know of one man who does not give his ex wife and children anything ,but he tells his new partner he is giving money to his ex and children ...a gambler ...the ex wife doesn't say anything as she works and is pleased to be rid of him .

by rosetta, 2 Dec 2012

Oh heck Rosetta, what a thing to know about!!

by Jazzj, 2 Dec 2012

Probably one day the new partner will find out.......

by rosetta, 2 Dec 2012

She will, and the fallout from that won't be pretty!

by Jazzj, 2 Dec 2012
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Unfortunately, we don't live in a fair society!
If you have a child anywhere, you should provide for the child! All children are equal,Shouldn't matter if if its with a current or an ex!

by abdul, 2 Dec 2012

If you have a child or care for a child you disposable income that can be used to calculate child support drops. (Below is just an example of how its calculated, not an indication of what I think you earn).

So for example if you earn 1600 a month after tax. Currently with 2 kids he would have to pay 20% which is £320 a month. If you have a child this would reduce his income by 15% to £1360. So you would now have to pay 20% of that which is £272.

It sounds like paying the school fees is in addition to the child maintenance, so wouldn't be impacted anyway.

by ToxicChili, 4 Dec 2012

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