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Child maintenance - eligibility and rules

This section describes who can apply for child maintenance under the 2012 Scheme and who has to pay maintenance. It sets out the eligibility rules.

Who can get maintenance?

How to get child maintenance if you have day-to-day care of children and the other parent doesn't live with you under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme run by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).

Do you have to pay child maintenance under the 2012 Scheme?

Whether or not you have to pay child maintenance for children who don't live with you under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme run by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).

Fees and charges and how to avoid them

Planned application fees, collection fees and enforcement charges for parents using the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

What happens if you’re already on the 1993 or 2003 Child Support schemes?

When the 1993 and 2003 Child Maintenance Schemes will be closed and what will happen if you are already on these schemes.

The residence rules

Residence rules for applying to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) so that they can arrange child maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

How old are the children?

Age limits of children when applying to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for them to arrange child maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.

Who is the parent with day-to-day care of the children?

What it means to be the parent with day-to-day care of the children when applying to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for them to arrange child maintenance under the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme.