Child Maintenance Service reform 

The Government is reforming the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to crack down on parents who refuse to pay and ensure children get the support they deserve more quickly.

The Government is also removing the £20 application fee for child maintenance service and making all applications free from 26 February 2024, to ensure no child misses out on vital support.

Also announced are new powers for the CMS to write off debt worth less than £7 in a small number of inactive cases that would have been closed were it not for small outstanding balances.

Read the full press release

Information for parents on how to make arrangements for maintenance payments can be found on the Get Help Arranging Child Maintenance webpage.  

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