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How does child maintenance affect benefits?

Some people can be concerned that child maintenance payments will affect any allowances and benefits they receive.

Child maintenance payments

Child maintenance payments will not affect any social security benefits received as receiving parents can keep all child maintenance paid and it will not affect their benefits. Housing Benefit and tax credit awards also won’t be affected by child maintenance

If you’re on benefits, it’s your responsibility to let the Social Security Agency know about your child maintenance payments including how much you’re receiving and how often you receive it.

Further advice

If you want to discuss this in more detail, you should contact the Child Maintenance Service.