What happens to child maintenance when my child is 16+?

Last updated: 27/03/2020

Parents have a legal duty to financially contribute to the upbringing of their child. Maintenance can be arranged directly with your child’s other parent, through the Child Maintenance Service or the Scottish courts.

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If you get child maintenance payments for a child you have a legal right to continue to get these payments when your child is aged 16-19 if you still get child benefit for them.

If child benefit stops child maintenance cannot be arranged through the Child Maintenance Service. However, your child’s other parent can continue to pay maintenance to you or your child directly or by a court agreement.