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Child maintenance - application

This section explains how to make an application for child maintenance under the 2012 Scheme. Initially all new applicants will still apply to the Child Support Agency and suitable cases will be passed onto the Child Maintenance Service for processing.

Applying for maintenance

How to apply to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for them to arrange child maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

What happens when an application is made?

Tracing the parent who must pay child maintenance and finding out how much the child maintenance payments will be for the parent who has to pay when payments are arranged by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

Information you must give if you’re asked to pay maintenance

Information the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) will need from you if you’re the parent who has been asked to pay maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

You deny you’re the father of the children

Denying you are the father of the children if you are named by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) as the parent who has to pay child maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.