Child maintenance: managing payments with 'Direct Pay': factsheet

This factsheet explains the 'Direct Pay' way of paying child maintnance where paying parents manage payments directly with the other parent.


Managing your payments with Direct Pay


The Child Maintenance Service offers 2 different ways of paying child maintenance:

  • Direct Pay – where you manage payments directly with the other parent (once we’ve worked out a child maintenance amount)
  • Collect & Pay – where we set up and manage your payments for you

This factsheet tells you about Direct Pay.

We have published a separate factsheet about Collect & Pay.

Find out more about child maintenance.

Published 1 October 2013