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Make child maintenance payments tax deductible

3 Comments 16th August 2019

Statistics suggest that 40% of fathers lose touch with their children post divorce or separation.  Despite a great deal of talk about equality, working fathers still do not enjoy equality in the family courts when it comes to orders for staying contact in relation tot heir children. Notwithstanding this continued inequality, generally working fathers are expected to provide for their children (and, rather inevitably, by doing so their ex-spouse or partner) both in terms of capital (for a new home) and income (by way of spousal and/or child maintenance).  Given the gross inequality in the system – coupled with the fact that maintenance payments are paid from net income – it is little wonder that so many would be responsible fathers choose to buck the system and avoid making any maintenance payments, thereby causing the state to have to step in with over inflated tax credit payments.  In order to encourage fathers to assume greater responsibility for the financial well being of their children, I believe that at least chil maintenace payments – and possibly also spousal maintenance payments – should be tax deductible, so that the payer (normally, but not exclusively, the working father)  does not feel that the system is completely weighted against him.    

Why does this matter?

Because it would make an unjust system feel just a little more equitable; would encourage more fathers to assume finacial responsibility for the finacial well-being of their offspring; and would reduce the burden falling on the state. 

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3 Responses to Make child maintenance payments tax deductible

  1. Andy martin says:

    Good idea

  2. Andrew Nelson says:

    A great idea, but the fathers will always be the ones who lose out. Which is why so many get screwed over by some women, and both just focus on the money than providing a reasonable amount to the child (Of which fathers have no say if this is spent on drugs or the kid).

    The child should come first, and it should be tax dedcucted.

  3. Kevin says:

    This applies to mothers as well. What baffles me is what happens when the main child carer changes from one parent to another. E.g.
    Mother main carer for 235 days a year. Father has child 100 days a year.
    Mother receives £200 from father plus child benefit of £80 = £280 per month.
    Father given custody of child.
    Mother now carer for 100 days and father for 235 days.
    Mother pays £200 less the child benefit of £80 per month.
    Mother loses child and is £560 worse off into the bargain.
    Father is £560 better of per month for having child an extra 135 days a year.
    Yes tax relief should be given on child maintence payments.

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