What is child maintenance?

Last updated: 17/11/2021

The parent who does not have the main day-to-day care of their children may have to make payments to the parent looking after the children. This is known as child maintenance.

Both parents are legally responsible for the financial costs of bringing up their children even if they were not married and do not live together as a couple. The amount of child maintenance paid can be decided by the parents, through a solicitor or the Child Maintenance Service.