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What is child maintenance?

Child maintenance is regular, reliable financial support that helps towards the child’s everyday living costs. The parent who does not have main day-to-day care of the child (the non-resident parent) pays child maintenance to the parent who does have main day-to-day care (the parent with care). In some cases, this person can be a grandparent or guardian.

How can child maintenance be arranged?

There are three ways you can arrange to pay or receive child maintenance:

  • through a Private Agreement
  • through a statutory arrangement, provided by the Child Support Agency
  • through a court order


Where can I get information about my options?

The Child Maintenance Options service provides impartial information and support for separating parents.

To speak to someone today call  0800 988 0988 or visit www.cmoptions.org.