Arranging child maintenance

Date last updated: 18 April 2018

Getting started with child maintenance

Child maintenance is the money a parent pays towards their child’s upbringing. All parents have a responsibility to support their child financially. Child maintenance usually includes payment of regular amounts of money to the parent who cares for the child most of the time.

There are different ways to arrange child maintenance and it’s up to you to choose the one that best suits your circumstances.

Read our factsheet for a full guide to making arrangements for child maintenance


Check how to arrange child maintenance

There are different ways to make arrangements with your child’s other parent to set up child maintenance. The best way for you to do this will depend on your own situation.

Use our quick interactive tool, below, and click the answers which best describe your circumstances to find out how to arrange regular child maintenance and where to go for more help and information.

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