Shrewsbury and Telford

Is Child Maintenance Available for University Students?

Is Child Maintenance Available for University Students?

Whilst the common wisdom would be “No”, that it is not necessarily the case. Ian Yates, Family Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience recently joined Terry Jones Solicitors
at their Telford Office.
Ian comments “If you receive child maintenance under an assessment made by the Child Maintenance Service, then it is true that those payments would normally cease, either upon that child’s 16th birthday, or at any point up to the age of 20, so long as they remain in full time secondary (that is, “A level” equivalent) education.
It is however possible, in some circumstances, to apply to the court to extend child support payments, either to the end of a University Degree, or to cover a vocational training course.
A court would treat each application upon its own merits and would look at the child’s financial needs and also at the relevant parent’s ability to pay, but it would make such an order in appropriate circumstances.
Whilst the legal costs involved in pursuing such an application may deter many people, the substantial costs of annual University tuition fees may now make this a more attractive option than had previously been the case.”
For more information please contact a member of the Family Department at Terry Jones Solicitors on either 01743 285888 or 01952 297979