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Shared Care & Day to Day Care - Exceptional representation from the UK's leading experts in Child Maintenance Law.

Durham Legal Services is renowned for its expertise on Shared Care and Day to Day Care issues. In particular, Mike Smith LLB has more than 20 years' experience in this type of case and has represented parents throughout the United Kingdom to a successful conclusion. Mike is seen as the foremost expert in the area of Shared Care and Day to Day care and was the leading lawyer in both Upper Tribunal cases which now form the legal test governing Shared Care arrangements under Child Maintenance Law.

Since 2014, the doctrine of shared care and day to day care has developed at a rapid pace and the Upper Tribunal has recently clarified that the two elements should be treated separately. In effect, you can have minimum shared care but still be awarded day to day care and have no liability under the statutory service. Also, in the past, a big emphasis has been put on Child Benefit but following a Tribunal decision, this is now deemed not be a deciding factor and a Court Order or written Maintenance Agreement must now be considered, regardless of whether it is being adhered to. 

If you have a  Court Order or written Maintenance Agreement, or are involved with the day to day routine of your child's care arrangements, your case could be considered as a Special Case under Regulation 50 of the Child Support and Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012. It should be noted that when it introduced the legislation, Parliament was actively trying to encourage parents to move away from the statutory service and because of the wide definition of day to day care which now exists, many parents do fall under this Regulation but are simply unaware of it. We strongly recommend anyone who has routine care of their children considers an advice appointment to see if Regulation 50 applies in their case. 


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