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.
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.