What is child maintenance?

Last updated: 06/02/2020

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 payments.

Both parents are legally responsible for the financial costs of bringing up their children even if they do not live together as a couple. The amount due for each child will depend on how many nights they spend with their other parent, as well as their other parent’s finances and circumstances.