Couples with children in the Greater Manchester area who divorce or separate may be aware that both parents still have a financial obligation towards their children. In situations where the parents are unable to agree on the terms of the child maintenance payments, the statutory Child Maintenance Service can help.
Although financial support for a child is compulsory, there is no law that states how this arrangement must be made. Parents can agree the terms informally between themselves or through a family-based maintenance agreement. However, when these options are not possible, the statutory Child Maintenance Service provides an alternative method.