Some years ago I launched a child maintenance calculator to deal with the vexed question: “How much child maintenance should I pay?” The reasons I took the time out to develop this free tool are set out here. It’s fair to say I had the hump with the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) on behalf of parents struggling with the issue of child maintenance, at the poorly executed calculator provided by that organisation. I’m pleased to say the CMS calculator is much better now although I still think they miss a trick on letting parents communicate the calculations to each other more easily.
I am not able to spend as much time on this blog as I used to; I felt some years ago that my spare time had to benefit as many people as possible and that I should concentrate my efforts on a more ambitious way to help people connect with specialist family law advice. I put it all down to a numbers game. I have been very busy with those long-term plans aimed, a wee bit ambitiously, at bringing family law into the 21st century. So, being distracted by grander plans, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there have been 2,500 calculations using my child maintenance calculator. Most of the calculations were carried out by private individuals, but with a sizeable number generated by lawyers, mediators and some advice agencies.
I will continue to host and maintain the calculator as long as it meets a need.