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

Last updated: 17/02/2021

Parents have a legal duty to financially support their child. Maintenance can be arranged 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 maintenance voluntary, or by a court agreement, to you or the young person after child benefit has stopped but it cannot be arranged through the Child Maintenance service.