Clients often ask for help when it comes to working out child maintenance.
Parents can always contact the Child Maintenance Service ("CMS"), who can calculate what it should be; and the Child Maintenance Options service can give further advice on the calculation.
However, as the CMS now charge for their service, wherever possible, I always recommend that my clients agree the child maintenance with their ex-partner direct, if they can, so as to avoid further expense.
15% of parents contacting Child Maintenance Options choose an ‘effective’ family-based arrangement 41,000 children benefited from such arrangements in 2013/14 A report by the Department for Work and Pensions has produced numbers and percentages of (what it terms) effective family-based arrangements made by separated parents after contacting the Child Maintenance Options service. Child Maintenance Options provides a free advice service that offers separated parents information on child maintenance arrangement through private or statutory means. Effectiveness of Child Maintenance Options is measured through regular in-house surveys whose results are reported in this publication. According to the report, 15% of parents contacting Child Maintenance Options choose an effective family-based arrangement.