"Children First" & Second Family Children: Analysis of the issues and options
by Barry Pearson
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Summary

This paper analyses methods for modifying the maintenance liability in the case where the NRP of the 1st family has children in a 2nd family. It is concerned solely with financial matters and not other (more important) aspects of child support.

It is not "mathematically" obvious that a 2nd family modification is needed, or if so, what sort. The paper therefore examines cash flows for various 1st and 2nd household situations to see what sort of problems arise with the standard (unmodified) formula.

The conclusion is that there is no jusification for a universal modification for 2nd family children, and indeed sometimes it would be unsafe to use one, but there may be a need for one in specific cases.

Scope

This paper analyses methods for modifying the maintenance liability of the "Children First" Green Paper in the case where the NRP has children in a 2nd family. It is concerned with financial matters and not other (more important) aspects of child support.

This paper has little to say about the basic formula for the case where there are no 2nd family children, and does not discuss the sharing of care, which is dealt with elsewhere.

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