Child maintenance support must be paid by a parent who does not have their child living with them and free legal advice on maintenance issues is available throughout this website and others online for parents who need information on important issues such as this that may affect the future of their children.
How long a parent pays child maintenance support by law is a question that many people ask and it really depends on a number of factors. One of the main factors being the child’s education, they are not self supportive while studying and not getting any income. The legal minimum age where child support can stop being paid is 16 years old in some countries and 18 in others, however many parents pay until a child is 19 years old and some even when children are into their twenties. Normally maintenance payments will stop as soon as children are earning an income for themselves and have become self supportive.
Maintenance can be enforced through the means of a court order and if, for example, a Father does not pay even though he has been issued an order then the court can instruct his employer to deduct the monthly amount directly from his salary and into the bank account of the Mother or someone else. A parent who outright refuses to pay any child maintenance runs the risk of having personal possessions seized and sold with funds raised going to the person in custody of the child or children. People that refuse to pay child support can run the risk of facing a prison sentence in some cases although the courts are against sending a person to jail for non-payment as this puts them out of normal society and unable to earn an income for supporting their children further.
Due to the worldwide economic climate being experienced many people are looking for ways to cut costs and save money on a monthly basis. Many parents feel that they can cut their child maintenance payments or stop paying all together which is often unfair on both the person who has custody and the children themselves. Feel free to browse this site for more articles and assistance on child maintenance support information for parents who are going through divorce, divorced or never married.