What happens to Child Maintenance when my child is 16+?

Last updated: 31/03/2022

Parents have a legal duty to financially support their child. Child Maintenance can be arranged in 3 ways – directly with the parent who pays, through the Child Maintenance Service or the Scottish courts.

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You are entitled to Child Maintenance payments for a child while you get Child Benefit for them.

Your child’s other parent can continue to pay Child Maintenance voluntarily, or by a court agreement, to you or your child after Child Benefit has stopped but it cannot be arranged through the Child Maintenance Service.