that properly seemed to screw over the father although they are far too politically correct to say father - "non-resident parent". And why is it based on income, surely that is unfair on those who earn more.
"The amount of child maintenance depends on:
• the number of qualifying children the child maintenance is for
• the non-resident parent’s net income and circumstances
• the number of children living with the non-resident parent (we call these children ‘relevant other children’).
We generally work out the child maintenance using the income (earnings) of the non-resident parent. In most cases we use the basic rate. But, for non-resident parents who do not earn very much, or who are in receipt of certain benefits, we will use a reduced rate or a flat rate."