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An absent parent must pay a percentage of their net income in maintenance. The level of maintenance depends upon the number of dependent children. The Child Support Agency (CSA) formula is:
- For one dependent child the level is 15% of net income
- For two dependent children the level is 20% of net income
- For three or more dependent children the level is 25% of net income
- For each night in the week that the children stay with the absent parent, the figure is reduced by one seventh.
In addition a dependent spouse may also be entitled to spousal maintenance on divorce. There are a number of factors which determine if a spouse is entitled to such maintenance, including whether there are young children and if childcare issues will have an impact upon the spouse's earning capacity, as well as where the spouse is working, and if there is a large disparity between the two spouse's incomes.
O'Neill Morgan's Family Lawyers can advise you on what you should receive, and can make a maintenance application on your behalf.