Child maintenance is payable for a child up to the age of 18 or to the age of 23 if the child is in full time education.If the child has a mental or physical disability to such a degree that it will not be possible for the child to maintain him/herself fully, then there is no age limit on the maintenance payments.If the spouse is self-employed, an Enforcement Summons can be applied for.When that person comes before the Court the Judge can if he has no Defence, imprison him or her for a maximum period of three months. Yes, you can apply to the Court to have the maintenance order varied if there is a change in circumstances e.g. However, you are liable for the amount under the original order until such time as it is varied by the Court.In cases where a spouse fails to comply with a court order and does not pay the amount awarded, an Attachment of Earnings Order can be sought from the court,.
Does a parent who pays maintenance gain any rights over the children? Paying maintenance does not give a parent any rights of guardianship or access. If an ex partner does not pay maintenance – access cannot be dependant on maintenance.
A child’s welfare takes priority, which means having both parents in his/her life. A married person can seek maintenance following the breakdown of the marriage.
The obligation to maintain and support a husband/wife continues even if the person paying the maintenance remarries and takes on the responsibility for the support of a new spouse and dependent children.
financing the needs of children and the dependant spouse, arranged?
There are a number of options available: How does the Court decide on the level of maintenance?