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Child maintenance - enforcement

This section describes what can happen if a parent fails to pay maintenance ordered by the Child Support Agency or the Child Maintenance Service.

Child maintenance enforcement - where to start

Overview of what measures the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or Child Support Agency (CSA) can take to enforce child maintenance payments.

Deduction from earnings orders

Deduction from earnings order to pay off child maintenance arrears that have been arranged by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or the Child Support Agency (CSA).

Deductions from your bank account

Deductions from a bank or building society account to pay off child maintenance arrears that have been arranged by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or the Child Support Agency (CSA).

Deductions from your benefits

Deductions from certain benefits to pay off child maintenance arrears that have been arranged by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

Liability orders

Liability orders made by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or Child Support Agency (CSA) to enforce child maintenance payments.

Sanctions ordered by the court

Being disqualified from driving or going to prison for refusing or neglecting to pay child maintenance.

Child maintenance arrears - recovering arrears from the estate of someone who has died

Recovering child maintenance arrears from the estate of a parent who should pay maintenance who dies on or after 25 January 2010.