Child maintenance: liability orders: factsheet

This factsheet explains about legal action we can take, called a liability order, if a parent doesn't pay the child maintenance they owe.


What is a liability order?


When a parent who should pay child maintenance doesn’t pay the child maintenance they owe, we can try to take it from their earnings or from their bank, building society or Post Office account. If we can’t do that, we can apply for an order from a court that will let us take legal action. This is called a liability order.

This factsheet explains more about liability orders.

We have also published a factsheet about how to pay towards a liability order.

Find out more about child maintenance.

Published 1 October 2013