How much child maintenance is fair?

Chucky

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What is a reasonable amount of child maintenance to expect from my child’s father, he earns €700 a week. My son is 8 and his father has never given maintenance or money towards his care before.
 

cmalone

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obviously you need support to raise the child -

expect father still has some involvement in your son’s life?

700 euro net or gross ?

Father has living expenses - mortgage / rent / new family?

best always is amount that is both required and reasonable -

are you working?

not looking for answers - this is private information to you...

would think something along lines of 100 euro per week might be expected ... at least ...

Hope all works out amicably ...

not acceptable that father hasn’t contributed to date - I would look for some contribution for bringing your son to 8 years on your own. That could be invested...
 

Chucky

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Thanks for the reply.
Up until now he wanted no involvement and we are currently trying to figure out access.
I work.

700 is gross pay, he has no mortgage/rent but pays €85 /week for his other child he has had since.

He has offered to give €40 a week and pay half of school stuff as long he gets receipts but nothing else.
Unfortunately it’s unlikely to be amicable at this rate as I feel €40 is unacceptable.
 

cmalone

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Doesn’t sound worth the effort —and asking for receipts...


700 gross probably equates to 500 per week- if he’s paying a small pension etc

He hasn’t much capacity in fairness to beat 40/ 50 euro .
 

Bern78

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If he pays 85 for the other child why can’t be match that- has he given a reason? It would seem the fairest
 

niceoneted

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you need to put down what are your sons expenses, think of everything, then school stuff and extra curricular. when you get your total minus childrens allowance and divide by 2. It would be worth applying for court ordered maintenance. It shouldn't matter whether he has access or not. he still has a responsibility
 

Thirsty

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@niceoneted - your first sentence is wrong.

Child maintenance is based on both parents income and expenditure.

Both parents are legally obliged to support their children.

It is not a charity 'offering'; you are not required to show receipts to the other parent.

You both need to complete affidavits of means.

You can apply through District Court yourself you don't need a solicitor.

You'll find the clerks very helpful but they can't give legal advice.
 

Chucky

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If he pays 85 for the other child why can’t be match that- has he given a reason? It would seem the fairest
I agree.
He wanted to split the money between both children.
you would think taking responsibility for a second child means you need to spend more money.
 

Chucky

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you need to put down what are your sons expenses, think of everything, then school stuff and extra curricular. when you get your total minus childrens allowance and divide by 2. It would be worth applying for court ordered maintenance. It shouldn't matter whether he has access or not. he still has a responsibility
Making a quick list, extra curricular activities alone are €40, that’s before childcare, food,..

I will apply as soon as I can. Just seems it could be a waste of time if it’s decided he has to give €40/50 maintenance as he has already said he’ll pay this.
 

Thirsty

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So what typically might be offered -based on the scenario presented ?
Again:

1. it's not an "offer", it's a legal obligation. One doesn't "offer" to pay one's taxes.
2. Child maintenance is based on both parents income and expenditure.
3. It is not 'charity' from the non resident parent, see item 1
4. It is not a waste of time to get a court order for child maintenance, your child is entitled to be supported by both parents, it's your child's maintenance, not yours. In all other respects, you will do whatever it takes to do your best for your child, this is no different.
5. The amount of maintenance paid for another child of this person is not relevant (except that it is listed as expenditure), guess why that is? See item 2.
 

cmalone

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Good advice and makes me think the mother should pursue matter to get court maintenance order /judgement on record
 
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