Most parents now co-operate on child maintenance

Most parents now co-operate on child maintenance

23rd February 2017

The government has recently published research which shows that the majority of separated parents using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) - formerly known as the CSA - are managing child support payments themselves. Encouragingly, most arrangements set up by direct debit are in place a year later.

The research shows that nearly 7 out of 10 parents (68%) have a direct debit arrangement in place. It also shows that (56%) of parents who made an enquiry to the CMS did not proceed with an application stating that they intended to agree the arrangements with the other parent.

Mediation provides parents with the opportunity of discussing how best they can support their children financially. Government minister Caroline Nokes, commenting on the research, said "We know that children grow up to have better health, emotional well-being and educational attainment if their parents, whether together or separated, have a positive relationship. All children deserve the best start in life, and that’s why the Child Maintenance Service is designed to help separated parents to work together, where possible, to make an arrangement to support their children, and early research suggests most are able to do this"

For links to research, see