You’ll need to give information about you and your family, eg:
- Details about the child you’re applying for – including the full names of their mother and father
- Your National Insurance number
- Your bank account details, if the Child Maintenance Service needs to collect payments for you
How your information is used
Your information is used to set up and manage child maintenance payments, and sometimes to try and find the paying parent.
Your name and address won’t be given out to anyone unless ordered to by a court, but information might be shared with other government organisations, debt collection agencies or the courts.
If the Child Maintenance Service or CSA can’t get the information from either parent, they might ask others, eg:
- the ‘paying’ parent’s employer
- government organisations like Jobcentre Plus
- prison services or local councils
- the paying parent’s bank or building society
The receiving parent has main day-to-day care of the child. The paying parent doesn’t have main day-to-day care.
Most child maintenance cases are set up within a month. Sometimes this can take longer if there’s a problem with contacting the paying parent.
The first child maintenance payment is usually made within 6 weeks of making payment arrangements.
If the contact details for the paying parent aren’t known, the service will try to find them – but if they can’t, the receiving parent can’t open a case.
From this summer, the Child Maintenance Service will introduce:
- a £20 application fee
- enforcement charges for non-payment
Child Maintenance Options
Telephone: 0800 0835 130
Textphone: 0800 988 9888
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturdays, 9am to 4pm
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