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Child maintenance - administration

This section describes how maintenance is paid once it has been calculated and what happens if maintenance is not paid. It also gives information about what happens if the circumstances of either parent change.

How maintenance is paid

Payment methods for child maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

The Direct Pay scheme

Payment of child maintenance using the Direct Pay scheme under the 2012 scheme.

Collect & Pay service

Payment of child maintenance using the Collect and Pay scheme run by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) under the 2012 Scheme.

What to do if your circumstances change

Change of circumstances to be reported when the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has arranged maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

What to do if you're owed maintenance

What you can do if you should be getting child maintenance but the parent who should pay maintenance is late with payments or doesn’t pay at all.

How repayments are negotiated when you're owed maintenance

Negotiating a child maintenance repayment schedule with either the Child Support Agency (CSA) or the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) if you are owed maintenance, accepting part-payment of arrears in full and final settlement, writing off arrears or offsetting money owed to you.

If you owe maintenance

What happens if you are the parent who owes child maintenance but you are late with payments or don’t pay at all.

Negotiating repayments when you owe maintenance

Negotiating a child maintenance repayment schedule with either the Child Support Agency (CSA) or the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) if you owe maintenance, part-payment of arrears in full and final settlement, writing off arrears or offsetting money you owe.