The quickest and easiest way to arrange child maintenance is for you and the other parent to agree things between yourselves. More than half a million children in the UK now benefit from this kind of family arrangement.
It doesn’t only have to be about money - it can include other kinds of support, for example, providing school uniforms (we call this ‘payments in kind’).
There are lots of benefits to having a family arrangement:
Child Maintenance Options can talk you through all aspects of a family arrangement and help you to get started.
Their Child Maintenance Calculator gives you an indication of what your payments could be. You could use this amount as a starting point for your family arrangement. You could also keep a record of the payments or exchanges that you make or receive, just in case you need it in future.
You can also use the Child Maintenance Options family-based arrangement form to keep a record of what you have agreed with the other parent.
Call Child Maintenance Options in confidence on freephone*
0800 988 0988 From 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday / From 9 am to 4 pm Saturday
Visit Options online at www.cmoptions.org
* Calls to 0800 numbers are free from BT landlines but you may have to pay if you use another phone company, a mobile phone, or if you are calling from abroad.