Child maintenance is about providing help with a child’s everyday living costs. This includes things like food and clothes, and helping to provide a home for your child or children. It’s usually the money the parent without the main day-to-day care (or residency) of a child, pays to the other parent. It is a legal responsibility to provide financial support for your children.
Many parents agree between them how much child maintenance should be paid, but others find it impossible and so need help from outside agencies. See below to understand the different ways you can go about calculating and agreeing child maintenance.