Family Law Blog

Changes to child maintenance

02 June 2014, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors

From the 11th August 2014 the Child Maintenance Service (formerly the CSA) will start charging fees for arranging the payment of child maintenance.

There will be a one off initial application fee of £20 to use the Child Maintenance Service. If it is necessary for them to take enforcement action against the non resident parent then the paying parent will have to pay an additional 20% on top of the usual child maintenance amount and the parent receiving the money has that amount reduced by 4%.

If the parents make payments directly between them there will be no further charges.

The old CSA system was extremely costly to the tax payer and, the government says, had fundamental problems. The new system is heavily subsidized by the tax payer but will encourage more people to certainly arrange payments themselves if not agree the child maintenance entirely themselves.

At Taylor King we have a specialist team of family law solicitors who can advise on child maintenance and formalising agreements on child maintenance. This can be dealt with as a free standing issue or as part of a separation or divorce.