Child Maintenance Tools and Calculations

If you are a parent looking for information and an online Child Maintenance calculator you can visit the Child Maintenance Options site.
The Department for Work and Pensions Child Maintenance Toolkit, aimed at organisations which support people who may need assistance with Child Maintenance issues is available here.
If you decide to try family mediation, National Family Mediation’s accredited mediators have access to this information and will be able to help you,
explaining the ways that calculations are made and how these might affect your own circumstances. You can find a local mediator by using your postcode here.
If you would like some advice, you can call the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925.

In family mediation, this can be negotiated alongside other family issues so that you can make your own arrangements and won’t have to pay these fees.

National Family Mediation (NFM) is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family

National Family Mediation (NFM) services charge £25-£100 for a MIAM, depending on geographical locality, which may include the fee for the completed FM1 form. Meetings usually last for 45 minutes – 1 hour. This includes the means assessment to check whether you will be eligible for Legal Aid, determining whether your mediation will be free or not. Mediation sessions which follow the initial MIAM are charged at a sliding scale according to income, but start at around £80 per session, and usually last up to 1½ hours.

If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.

All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.

If you have specific questions, please visit our Child Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions sections.


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