Despite the charges now made by the Child Maintenance Service for assessing, collecting and enforcing child maintenance, the number of cases they are dealing with has increased.
It was imagined that the charges would encourage parents to negotiate and deal with child maintenance payments directly. The payer is charged to pay the maintenance through the CMS, and the other parent is charged to receive it. The child is clearly left worse off as a result.
If you need help or advice about child maintenance or the CMS appeal process, the family team at Freeths can help.
The number of cases managed by the Child Maintenance Service continues to increase following the introduction of application and collection charging. The caseload stood at 227,000 as at the end of February 2016, an increase of 21% when compared to November 2015.