Frequently Asked Questions

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Parents & Parenting

How much child maintenance should I pay?

This depends on a range of factors, including the income of both parents, and any assets or debts they have.

The website provides a child maintenance calculator so you can work out how much child maintenance your child will need

How can family mediation help decide child maintenance payments?

You can make arrangements for child maintenance payments as part of your mediation session. Experience shows that agreements reached in mediation are more likely to work, as the decisions have been reached by agreement.

By using mediation to settle child maintenance you can avoid the costs and losses of using the statutory service and your agreement should be accepted as a voluntary arrangement.

Read The Money Advice Service’s guide ‘How to arrange child maintenance’.