I will say up front that I am ethically conflicted about this question. I have been presented with a situation where the person being asked to pay child support is claiming unfair treatment. If what they told me is true, then I think they have some justification for that, but I am only too aware I am hearing a single side of the story. As explaining more would require getting into more detail than I am comfortable doing (confidentiality considerations) I would prefer not to get into an ethics debate. However, I am happy to engage as much as I can with anyone that wishes to do so anyway.
I was asked about what income is included in the child support calculation (the questioner looking at a new source of income and not being keen on paying more than they already do, which is not a pittance). Not dealing with child support on a regular basis, I did a little bit of research. Unsurprisingly, I was severely let down by the current dumbed down gov.uk pages, which are less than clear on the subject. I did find the child maintenance calculator (https://www.gov.uk/calculate-child-maintenance) and tried that. After a handful of initial questions I reached the part where you declare your income. This says.
[quote]This is your total income from employment or self-employment, before tax and National Insurance, but after pension contributions[/quote]
This would imply that someone wishing to avoid paying child support could simply run their business through a company and take all their income as dividends. (neither employment nor self-employment income). That doesn't sound right, so I am guessing this is just shoddy writing at gov.uk again. Anyone able to confirm the position and point me in the right direction for something I can show the querist to confirm?