Like most websites we use cookies to improve your experience and provide us with anonymous visitor information. If you are happy with this use of cookies click OK.
Read more about our use of cookies and how you can switch off cookies in our Privacy Policy. [x] Close

Family Law Blog

Comment on divorce & family law 

What is child support and child maintenance?

Child support or child maintenance is financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs.

Payment is made by the absent parent to the parent, caregiver or guardian, with whom the children live – the parent with residence.

In family law, child support is not arranged as part of a divorce as such but the Court will want to be assured that arrangements regarding contact and residence have been agreed by the parents.

The Courts no longer have powers to order the payment of child maintenance – instead this was handed over to the Child Support Agency (CSA), now known as the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC).

You can avoid relying in the CSA if you are the parent with residence or the parent with the main day to day care by making an agreement with the other parent.

Ideally you should have child maintenance looked at and sorted out at the same time as spousal maintenance as part of agreeing a financial settlement.

Download more info here.

Andrew Woolley, Divorce Solicitor


Receive your FREE guide

Your free guide will be available to download immediately and a copy sent by email. Your email address will not be used to send any further correspondence without your permission.