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The government is reforming the child maintenance system. Wherever possible, we will support separated parents to work together in the interests of their children and set up their own, family-based child maintenance arrangements.
For those who are not able to do this, we introduced the 2012 child maintenance scheme, administered by the Child Maintenance Service. This has been developed to help increase the number of payments reaching children on time and in full, bringing better value for money for the taxpayer, speedier processing of applications, simpler calculations and faster enforcement action for those that choose not to pay.