Child maintenance terms and their meaning
For parents involved in arranging child maintenance, below are some of the key words you'll come across together with their meaning.
For child maintenance purposes, a child is anyone under 16 or someone aged between 16 and 20 who:
- is not married or in a civil partnership
- wasn't ever married or in a civil partnership
- is in full-time non-advanced education
If Child Benefit is still being received, someone under 20 can still be regarded as a child for child maintenance purposes even if they aren't in full-time non-advanced education.
This is a regular payment made to anyone bringing up children. It is paid for each child who is:
- under 16
- under 19 (under 20 in some cases) and in full-time education doing a course that is not higher than A-level or the same standard or on a Government-funded training programme
- 16 or 17 and has recently left school and registered with the Department for the Economy or Education Authority for work, education or training
Money paid by the paying parent to the receiving parent towards their child’s everyday living costs.
Income-related benefits are Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance and income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
National Insurance number
This is a reference number issued by the UK Government. Everyone has a unique number and this number allows them to work. It’s usually on your payslips.