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The Child Maintenance Service

The Child Maintenance Service’s overall purpose is to promote and secure effective child maintenance arrangements. To deliver this objective the Division has three core functions.
  • promoting the financial responsibility parents have for their children;
  • providing information and support about the different child maintenance options available to parents; and
  • providing an efficient statutory maintenance service with effective enforcement powers.

Customer Information

Child maintenance can make a significant difference to a child’s wellbeing and the quality of family relationships. A parent who does not live with their child still has a financial responsibility for the child.

Child Maintenance Campaigns

The Child Maintenance Choices media campaign, launched 17th January 2011, promotes a free impartial helpline service to talk parents, friends, families or anyone with an interest through the choices about child maintenance.  

Child Maintenance Information for Groups

  • Child Maintenance Service