Divorce, separation and legal issues

Child maintenance, disagreements about parentage, child custody.

General information and guidance

  1. Family Justice Review reports

    This collection brings together all documents relating to the Family Justice Review.

  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 can't agree

Child custody

Arrange custody, abducted children, stop a child getting a passport.

  1. Children Act 1989: court orders

    Volume 1: statutory guidance about court orders and the roles of the police and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support 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. Sample letters to get evidence of child abuse

    Use these letters to get proof of child abuse if you want legal aid to stop a partner seeing your child.

  4. Stop someone getting a passport

    You might be able to stop someone getting a passport by applying for a court order - parental child abduction, vulnerable adults

Child maintenance

Arrange child maintenance, calculator, how payments are worked out, when payments stop.

  1. Arranging child maintenance yourself

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

  2. 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

  3. Child maintenance if one parent lives abroad

    What to do if you need to get child maintenance and one of you lives abroad

  4. 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

  5. Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) Unit

    The Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) unit deals with international child maintenance agreements in England and Wales

  6. 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

  7. 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

Disagreements about parentage

Child Maintenance Service and Child Support Agency, birth certificates and registration.

  1. Adding a father's name to a birth certificate

    Re-register your child’s birth to add the father's name to the birth record or certificate at the register office

  2. Correct a birth registration

    Correct the original registration with the register office or GRO - find out what corrections can be made, who can apply, how long it takes, what they look like

  3. 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