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Child Maintenance Service

Child maintenance can make a significant difference to a child’s well-being and the quality of family relationships. A parent who does not live with their child still has a financial responsibility for the child. The Child Maintenance Service can provide separating and separated families with information and support to put a child maintenance arrangement in place that best suits the needs of them and their family.

What is child maintenance?

Find out what child maintenance is and who can receive it.

Arranging child maintenance yourself

You can arrange child maintenance yourself.

Arranging child maintenance through the Child Maintenance Service

The Child Maintenance Service can set up a case for you, working out the amounts to be paid and how to collect them.

If you have an existing case with the Child Maintenance Service

More information on your existing child maintenance case.