On divorce, one contentious issue is sorting out child maintenance, ie how much should the parent with whom the child does not live with should pay. 

The Child Maintenance Service was put in place to deal with the upsurge in applications the courts were receiving in relation to parents not paying for their children.

The amount a parent should be paying towards their  children is calculated based upon their income and how often they see the children. However, in a recent case, Mr Justice Mostyn has called upon the Government to change the law in relation to child maintenance stating that the parents assets should also be taken into account. This is due to the case before him where a mother was awarded just £7 a week to support her 16 year old son despite his father being a multi millionaire. 

This will hopefully ensure that parents are receiving an appropriate level of support for their children.