A MUM was left fuming after she waited ten years to receive child support – only to receive a measly £9 from her child’s father.
The California-based woman took to TikTok where she shared a video of the cheque she had received from the Department of Child Support Services.
Captioning her video she wrote: “When they owe your son ten years of child support and finally get a first check in the mail.”
In the clip she pans to the cheque, revealing that she had been given $12.62 (£9.15) from the father of her child.
In the comments she explained that her ex hadn’t seen his son in nine years, adding “is this a joke?”
The TikTok has since gone viral amassing over 581k views and almost 28k likes, with viewers left outraged by the miniscule payment.
One viewer commented, sarcastically writing: “Wow don’t go too crazy at the store.”
“Nah that’s not right,” added another, while a third wrote, “What a joke!”
In the UK it’s a legal requirement for parents to provide child support.
How much you are entitled to, depends on how you sort out your child maintenance.
Some parents choose to arrange this between themselves deciding together what should be paid.
But if you take this approach, you should make sure that you are getting at least what you would be paid if you arranged it through the government’s Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
This government scheme is used for parents who cannot agree an arrangement between themselves.
The exact amount will vary depending on a number of factors including how much the non-resident parent earns, how many kids you have and how many nights a week they look after them.
If both parents split childcare evenly with the same number of overnights, then no child maintenance will be paid through CMS – even if one parents earns more than the other.
But if you arrange things privately, a higher-earning parent may choose to contribute more financial to take care of their kids.
There is a useful CMS calculator that can help you work out how much you should be getting.
You’ll need to know how much the other parent earns (including state pension), any benefits they get, and the number of nights your children will be staying with them.
HOW TO MAKE A CLAIM THROUGH THE CHILD MAINTENANCE SERVICE
IF your ex is refusing to pay child maintenance you should go through the CMS. Here’s how to apply.
First, you should call Child Maintenance Options to check if you are entitled to child support.
You can call them on 0800 083 4375.
The line is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.
You will need to provide them with:
- details about the child you’re applying for and their parents
- your National Insurance number
- your bank account details
This information is used to set up and manage child maintenance payments, and sometimes to try and find the paying parent.
Most Child Maintenance Service cases are set up within a month.
It can take longer if there’s a problem with contacting the paying parent.
Once your case is set up you can manage your case online.