2011-03-18 16:46:45 UTC
here will know.
The consent order (done 8 years ago) sets the child maintenance at
£X/month, index linked, at 50% for each of the two children, so long
as they are in full time education, stopping at age 21. I am paying
£2500/month total in CM.
My older son, 18, has unfortunately been heavily skiving, with the
full knowledge and occassional support (writing skive notes) from his
I was kept in the dark about this (for obvious reasons), discovering
it by chance. During his most recent full year at college his absence
rate was about 18% which is very high, and in the current year (at
another college; he dropped out of the last one) he is again skiving
big-time, and achieving very little.
He's quite open about this, saying it doesn't interest him.
I am getting fed up with paying over a grand per month to the ex, per
child, with one of the children just pissing around. Obviously he's
her meal ticket so she keeps the pressure up on him to do something
Is there any precedent for how far the "full time education" qualifier
can be pushed before it becomes a pisstake?
I would rather stop the 50% of the maintenance and spend some money on
stuff like job specific courses and driving lessons.
I am tempted to tell the ex I am going to set an attendance limit e.g.
98% if she wants the money.
Any suggestions appreciated...