You can arrange child maintenance with an ex-partner living abroad through a family-based arrangement.
This is a private agreement which means you’ll avoid legal action and child maintenance organisations.
You won’t be able to enforce a family-based agreement made in the UK if the person paying maintenance moves abroad and stops paying.
If you can’t agree
You can get help enforcing formal child maintenance decisions if your ex-partner is the ‘paying parent’ and lives abroad.
How you apply depends on whether your ex-partner:
- lives abroad permanently
- works abroad for certain British organisations but is still normally resident in the UK
You can also get help if the paying parent lives in the UK and you live abroad.
Child maintenance decisions made in Scotland
Contact the Scottish government to find out how to enforce a child maintenance decision on someone living outside Scotland.
The Scottish Government Justice Directorate
Central Authority and International Law Team
St Andrew’s House
Child maintenance decisions made in Northern Ireland
Contact the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service for advice on how to enforce a child maintenance on someone living outside Northern Ireland.
Business Development and Services Division
Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
23 – 27 Oxford Street