A payment that you can claim for a child you are responsible for. Only one payment is allowed per child. It is usually paid every four weeks but can sometimes be paid weekly. There are separate rates payable for the first and subsequent children. The payment can be claimed by anyone who qualifies, whatever their income or savings, although if the parent applying earns more than £50,000 it may be more tax efficient not to claim.
When parents separate if one is going to have more responsibility for care of the children they will usually keep the child benefit. Sometimes the children will live with different parents and then you can each claim for the child you are responsible for. Sometimes parents share care and in those situations you can decide between you who will be the nominated parent for child benefit. This will generally be the parent on the lowest income. You will need to let the benefit agency know that your circumstances have changed. Find out more about child benefit and whether you qualify.
Mediation can help you work out together what arrangements will be best in your particular situation and how this will fit in with your overall financial plans into the future.
National Family Mediation (NFM) is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family.
National Family Mediation (NFM) services charge £25-£100 for a MIAM, depending on geographical locality, which may include the fee for the completed FM1 form. Meetings usually last for 45 minutes – 1 hour. This includes the means assessment to check whether you will be eligible for Legal Aid, determining whether your mediation will be free or not. Mediation sessions which follow the initial MIAM are charged at a sliding scale according to income, but start at around £80 per session, and usually last up to 1½ hours.
If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.
All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.