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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this directory, we do not accept any responsibility or liability for any errors that have occurred. It is recommended that you always check with providers that their service or organisation meets your requirements. We offer an impartial service and we cannot recommend or endorse any providers listed.

Further information

Child Maintenance Options

Provides free impartial information, guidance and support to parents as well as family, friends and professionals to make the most effective arrangements for parents and their children.

Who to contact

Telephone
0800 988 0988
Website
Child Maintenance Options
Notes

Available over the phone, via a website or face-to-face together with Live Chat facility for real-time online support.

Helps parents overcome barriers to working together (such as housing, employment, legal issues and money)

Signposts customers to other support services

Is the ‘gateway’ to the Child Maintenance Service

Child Maintenance Options helps both parents make informed choices about child maintenance, based on their individual circumstances.
The fact that it is impartial means it can help both parents and it isn’t biased towards any one way of arranging child maintenance.
It can help parents who:
need information about child maintenance
are separating from the other parent or are not living with them and need to set up a child maintenance arrangement
have a child maintenance arrangement that has broken down or is not working
are thinking of switching from a Child Support Agency (CSA) or a Child Maintenance Service (CMS) case to a family-based/ private arrangement

Gateway to 2012 Scheme:
In order to apply to the Child Maintenance Service 2012 Scheme the applicant must have spoken to the Child Maintenance Options service first and been provided with a unique identifier reference number.
Those with Domestic Violence issues will be ‘fast tracked’ to the 2012 Scheme.

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