As from 30 June parents can choose whether to use the new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or they can make their own child support arrangements. To use the CMS involves a one-off £20 application fee. Thereafter no fees are paid by parents who make their own payment arrangements. Only if the CMS is asked to collect payments will a further charge be made. Enforcement charges range from £50 up to £300 if an absent parent evading payment is pursued by the CMS.
Following the launch of the CMS, the Child Support Agency (CSA) will be closed over the next 3 years as its existing cases are concluded.
The CMS's launch is part of the attempt to reform the child maintenance system.
To work out what child support applies if you are recently separated check on line using the maintenance calculator http://www.cmoptions.org/
or contact me for more guidance at Vanessa.McMurtrie@mtg.uk.net