Separated and separating parents can make a Private Agreement about child maintenance, without using the courts or the CSA. There are lots of benefits to having a Private Agreement:
- It’s quick and easy to set up.
- There’s little paperwork to do.
- There are no set rules so you can be more flexible. For example:
- You can agree between yourselves on how much payments should be, and when they should be made.
- If either parent’s circumstances change, your agreement can change straight away if you both agree to it.
- If you agree that you would rather pay for or receive things like clothing for your child instead of money, you can.
- It can help to keep things friendly between you and the other parent
However, a Private Agreement could fail if either parent won’t agree to the terms of the agreement, or if they aren’t honest about their situation. Also, a Private Agreement is not usually legally binding.
|The Options service can talk you through all aspects of a Private Agreement and help you decide if this is best for you and your child.||The Options Maintenance Calculator gives you an indication of what your payments should be. You could use this amount as a starting point for your Private Agreement.||Options can also provide you with a Private Agreement form. You can use this to keep a record of what you have agreed with the other parent. |
|Call free on: 0800 988 0988||Try the maintenance calculator || Private Agreement form |