High Court Judge Justice Mostyn has ruled on a case where a mother was awarded just £7 per week to support her 16 year old son, despite the father being a multi millionaire.

Mr Justice Mostyn called for the the law around child support payments to be changed.  

In this case the father was paying the lowest sum possible because his income was too low - despite the fact that he owned property worth £5m.

The father's 'highly evasive' approach to this case was heavily criticised by the judge, who accused the father of using clever accounting to hide his riches.

In most cases separated parents are able to reach an agreement in relation to child maintenance without the need of involving the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).  Those that cannot have to use the CMS and the calculation method used by the CMS can be very limiting.