Being your own boss can involve long and unpredictable hours so it’s important to be able to communicate with your child’s other parent in order that you can make arrangements that suit you and your child.
Irregular hours can make it harder to make arrangements that suit everyone. This goes with the territory in self employment but it’s important to focus on what’s best for the children. A maintenance arrangement doesn’t need to be just based on money, it could include childcare too.
A changeable income may mean that a family based arrangement could be the best way forward as it allows you to agree some financial flexibility with the other parent and to change the amount and frequency of payments as long as you both agree. It’s important to keep a record of payments made. You can download a Family Based Arrangement Form to help you both agree the details and set them out so that it is clear for everyone.
It’s good to talk and it’s even more important to communicate when things are always changing…..
Conversations with your ex about this sort of thing can be tricky. Help is available via the CMOptions website, where you can find a number of tools and guides that can help:
- Download the discussion guide to help you talk to your ex partner about arrangements for the children.
- Use the maintenance calculator to help you come to an agreement over the amount of maintenance to pay.
- Work out the cost of raising your child using the online tool, which could help you both in any discussion.
- Use the budget planner to help you keep things on track financially as your income changes.
You can also call on 0800 988 0988 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.