If you’re separated and have more than one child, some of the children might live with you and some might live with the other parent. In this situation, both of you might need to pay maintenance to the other.
If you’ve agreed together how to handle maintenance for your children, you can decide how to organise payments. Here’s an example of how this could work.
Example of both parents paying
Tariq and Dina separate. They have two children, Nazia and Sunny. Nazia decides to live with Dina and Sunny lives with Tariq. Both parents should pay child maintenance for the child that lives with the other parent.
Tariq and Dina agree together how they’ll deal with this. They use the calculator on gov.uk to work out that Tariq should pay £50 a week and Dina should pay £30 a week. So they agree that Tariq will give Dina £20 a week and Dina won’t pay anything to Tariq.