Part 1: Overview

Child maintenance is financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs when the parents have separated.

It’s for children who are either:

  • under 16
  • 16 to 19 and in full-time education (not higher than A-level or equivalent)

The parent who doesn’t have day-to-day care of the child pays child maintenance to the parent or person who does.

This person could be a grandparent or guardian as well as a parent.

The Child Support Agency (CSA) can sort child maintenance out for you - they’ll work out how much should be paid, and they can also collect the payments for you.

You can use the child maintenance calculator to get an idea of what payments might be.