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Is there a cut-off point beyond which you no longer have to pay child maintenance? My daughter is 21, has completed her degree and is threatening to take her father to court because he doesn’t want to pay another year while she does a master’s degree.

If your ex-husband has been paying maintenance under a court order he could probably have stopped three years ago. Maintenance via the Child Maintenance Service ends the week before the child’s 19th birthday, as long as the child has been in full-time education up to that point. After that it is possible for either the child or the “resident parent” to apply to the court for the maintenance to continue. The court would certainly want to know whether your daughter had investigated the possibility of taking out a student loan.

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