Child maintenance: how we work out payments: leaflet

This leaflet explains how the Child Maintenance Service works out how much child maintenance a paying parent must pay.


How we work out child maintenance

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A step-by-step guide to how child maintenance is worked out by the Child Maintenance Service. It tells you the information used and the things that can affect how it’s worked out.

You will only get a printed copy of this guidance from the Child Maintenance Service if they are dealing with your case. If this applies to you and you’ve not received your copy, please contact the Child Maintenance Service.

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This leaflet is available in Welsh, Braille and in print.

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Published 18 February 2013
Last updated 8 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published revised version of the leaflet with updated office opening times.

  2. Published updated leaflet with the latest guidance about child maintenance.

  3. Updated PDF (April 2013)

  4. Body text updated so style matches other docs in Child Maintenance guidance series. Title changed to clarify that this is the CMS, not CSA.

  5. First published.