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Can I get child maintenance after my divorce?

After divorce, if one parent bears a majority of the responsibility of looking after children, they can apply for child maintenance. 

This is a regular payment from the other parent, to assist with the costs of raising the children. 

It is normally calculated on a net income basis and is administered by the CSA.


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to get a divorce in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist divorce solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

Can I get child maintenance after my divorce?

If you and your partner cannot agree how to pay for raising your children, you can contact the CSA.

Either you or your partner can apply to the CSA, who will carry out an assessment and make a decision about how much either parent should contribute by way of maintenance payments.

The general rates of maintenance are:

  • 15% of net income for one child
  • 20% for two children and
  • 25% for three or more children

These are only the general rates, and they can vary based on circumstances.

For example, suppose a father is making maintenance payments on the basis that the children are living with their mother.

If the children stay with their father every weekend for example, the general rate of maintenance he has to pay may be reduced to reflect that.

The above article is part of our guide on how to get a divorce in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland specialist divorce solicitor who will be able to provide advice tailored to your own personal circumstances.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
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