Finances for Children

Call our free legal helpline on freephone 0333 888 0404 for initial guidance on divorce and finances for children, or send an email to us at [email protected]

If parents cannot agree the level of financial child support then the decision is made by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). It is vitally important that you understand your financial responsibilities to your child or children as the CMS have substantial enforcement powers. You cannot contract out of the CMS and the court has no power to prevent the CMS making and enforcing any financial child support assessment now or in the future until the child becomes  18 or ceases full time education. An understanding of your CMS liability should be the cornerstone of any financial negotiation with your spouse or ex-spouse.

Your first step – Specialist advice from our divorce solicitors

At Slee Blackwell, we can make sure you find the most appropriate way to move forward in a practical and cost-effective manner on questions involving finances for children. There are several factors that affect these negotiations, the largest being whether or not you were married. Our solicitors can advise you on:

• lump sum payments;
• periodical payments (income);
• Secured periodical payments; and
• transfer or settlement of property

Awards and accreditations for our divorce solicitors

Slee Blackwell are proud to have been given the Employer of the Year Award by the Devon and Somerset Law Society and to be winners at the NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards 2018. Our divorce solicitors are also accredited by The Law Society in finance and children work.

Areas of Specialism:

If you are married and are looking to get a divorce or a formal Judicial Separation then our experienced team are here to help.
If you are in an unmarried relationship that needs to be brought to an end then we are able to advise you on your legal options so that you can decide what will be right for you.
When a relationship comes to an end there are often complex financial and property issues that need to be resolved. It is important to ensure that you get a fair deal and don’t miss out. Speak to our specialist solicitors about how they can help you get the best result.
Our childcare team are experienced in dealing with all aspects of childcare law, including abduction and the legal rights of grandparents.
If you require specialist legal advice on any aspect of domestic abuse law then we are here to help.
We are experienced in preparing matrimonial and cohabitation agreements that can offer you protection in the event of a relationship breakdown.
If you wish to legally change your name then speak to our team about having a change of name deed prepared.

Work with our team:

Paul Jordan
Non-practising Consultant
Paul is a Non-practising consultant who specialised in matrimonial law throughout his long career with Slee Blackwell.
Paul Jordan
Non-practising Consultant
Paul is a Non-practising consultant who specialised in matrimonial law throughout his long career with Slee Blackwell.