How child maintenance is worked out
You can use the child maintenance calculator to estimate how much your child maintenance payments should be.
The calculator is based on the rules used by the Child Maintenance Service. You can also use it if you’re arranging child maintenance yourself.
Contact Child Maintenance Options to discuss your child maintenance arrangements, including how to apply.
There are 3 types of child maintenance schemes:
- Child Maintenance Service cases - ‘2012 scheme’ cases
- Child Support Agency (CSA) cases opened after March 2003 - ‘2003 scheme’ cases
- CSA cases opened before March 2003 - ‘1993 scheme’ cases
The CSA no longer takes on new cases but will still handle cases opened before 25 November 2013.
Some cases might be moved from the CSA to the Child Maintenance Service - you’ll be notified if this happens.
The Child Maintenance Service and CSA use different methods to calculate child maintenance.