If a parent does not pay

The Child Maintenance Service will take action if child maintenance is not paid.

Enforcement charges

Action taken by the Child Maintenance Service Charge
Liability order £300
Lump sum deduction order £200
Regular deduction order £50
Deduction from earnings request or order £50

What action is taken

The Child Maintenance Service will take action immediately if the paying parent pays through them.

If the paying parent used the Child Maintenance Service to calculate child maintenance but pays directly, the receiving parent needs to ask the service to take action.