1. Overview

Child maintenance payments help with your child’s everyday living costs when you’re separated from the other parent.

Agreeing child maintenance

You can arrange child maintenance with an ex-partner living abroad through a family-based arrangement if both parents agree.

This is a private agreement. No one else has to be involved, but you can’t enforce it.

If you don’t agree you might be able to get a formal agreement if:

Speak to a solicitor if they don’t live in an EU country.

Enforcing child maintenance

You can’t enforce a family-based arrangement.

If you have a formal agreement

You can get help enforcing a decision if your ex-partner is the ‘paying parent’ and lives abroad.

How you apply depends on whether your ex-partner:

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 if one parent lives abroad.

maintenanceenforcement@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0131 244 3570 or 0131 244 4829
Fax: 0131 244 4848
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The Scottish Government Justice Directorate
Central Authority and International Law Team
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Child maintenance decisions made in Northern Ireland

Contact the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service for advice on how to enforce a child maintenance if one parent lives abroad.

BusinessDevelopmentGroupDL@courtsni.gov.uk
Telephone: 02890 408 888
Fax: 02890 728 945
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Business Development and Services Division
Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
Laganside House
23 – 27 Oxford Street
Belfast
BT1 3LA