What is child maintenance?

Last updated: 15/09/2020

The parent who doesn’t have the main day-to-day care of their children may have to pay money 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.