Divorce, separation and legal issues

Child maintenance, disagreements about parentage, child custody.

Services

  1. Child maintenance calculator

    Work out the amount of child maintenance if you’re arranging it yourselves, or to get an idea of the statutory amounts from the Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service

  2. Find help to get your child back from abroad or arrange contact

    How to apply to have your child returned if they've been abducted, or arrange contact or enforce a court order in EU, Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention countries

  3. Get a letter from an organisation providing domestic violence support services

    Use this sample letter to get evidence from an organisation providing domestic violence support services if you're applying for legal aid for a divorce or separation.

  1. Get a copy of an undertaking to stop abusive behaviour

    Use this sample letter to get proof a partner promised in court not to harass or threaten you, if you're applying for legal aid.

  2. Get a copy of a child abuse assessment or child protection plan

    Letter to get evidence that social services think your child has been abused or is at risk, if you're applying for legal aid.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Use the Child Maintenance Service or Child Support Agency (CSA)

    Child maintenance - how to work it out, how the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service can help, complaints, appeals

  2. How child maintenance is worked out

    Use the child maintenance calculator to work out how much child maintenance to pay - or see how the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service work out maintenance, and the rates they use

  3. When child maintenance payments stop

    Child maintenance payments usually stop when the child reaches 16 - but there are situations in which they'll stop sooner

  1. Arranging child maintenance yourself

    How to arrange child maintenance yourself without using the Child Maintenance Service - family-based arrangements

    • Answer
  2. Making child arrangements if you divorce or separate

    How to make arrangements for your children if you divorce or separate, mediation and how to apply for a court order if you cannot agree

    • Guide
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