A court may not make an original order for child maintenance, save by consent. The practice of disguising such an order, as part of spousal maintenance, pending a determination by the Child Support Agency, was only legitimate where there was included a real element of spousal maintenance. Simply calling child maintenance spousal maintenance is not correct or legitimate.
Times 25-Jul-2000, Gazette 27-Jul-2000
England and Wales
Children, Family, Child Support
Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.80101