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Child Maintenance Calculator

If you're trying to find out how much child maintenance you or your ex-partner can expect to pay, then look no further. Cordell & Cordell's child maintenance calculator will help to give you an estimated cost.

Age 1 of 4

How old are you?

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Income 2 of 4

What is your weekly gross income?

This figure should be before Tax and National Insurance is taken but after pension contributions have been deducted.
Please note there is an income cap of £3,000 per week. Any income above this amount will not be taken into account.
£ Input cannot be empty

Do you get any of the below benefits?

In Scotland, this also includes: Skillseekers training, War Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • State Pension
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Training Allowance
  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payments
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Widowed Parent's Allowance
  • Widow's Pension
  • Universal Credit With No Earned Income
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Children 3 of 4

How many children are you paying child maintenance for?

If children are from different partners, make a separate calculation for each.

How many other children live in your household?

Excluding the child you are paying maintenance for.
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Shared Care 4 of 4

On average, how many nights a year do your children stay overnight with you?

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Not eligible

Based on your answers no child maintenance is due.

This is because you are not eligible to pay child maintenance.

Contact a legal professional for further information on child maintenance.

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No amount to pay

Based on your answers no child maintenance is due.

This is because you are receiving benefits, have a gross weekly income less than £7 or have shared care of your child(ren).

This calculator provides an estimate. The exact amount the Child Maintenance Service would calculate might be different. Contact a legal professional for further information on child maintenance.

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Amount to pay:
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0.00

Based on your answers the child maintenance payment is £0.00 per week.

This is the total weekly amount that needs to be paid, not the amount per child. You don't have to pay an application fee if you're in Northern Ireland.

Depending on how you arrange your child maintenance, fees may be added to this amount.

This calculator provides an estimate. The exact amount the Child Maintenance Service would calculate might be different. Contact a legal professional for further information on child maintenance.

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The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has recently replaced the Child Support Agency (CSA). Around 90% of CSA cases have been transferred over to the CMS while the remaining 10% have been closed down as they were old cases.

However, 70% of the closed cases still have unpaid arrears attached to them. In fact, there’s almost £4bn of outstanding arrears.

This isn’t solely due to CMS’s failure to collect payments, though. Some parents just aren’t making their child maintenance payments. It would be easy to blame this on fathers, as is often the case in the press, but the lack of payment is happening on both sides

Read our article on child custody to get up to speed.

About Child Maintence

Child maintenance is the amount of money that is needed to contribute to your child’s upbringing. It’s paid to the person that takes care of your child on a day-to-day basis.

The amount due depends on whether the child lives with you and how often they stay with you overnight. It is the responsibility of the Non-Resident Parent (NRP) to pay child maintenance for their child.

If you still have a good relationship with your ex-partner, you may be able to arrange child maintenance outside court. This is called a ‘family-based arrangement'. If you go down this route, ensure that you keep copies of your paperwork in case a dispute ever arises.

If you can’t come to an agreement privately, you can go down the formal route and use the CMS.

Applying For Child Maintenance

Child Maintenance Options (CMO) can help you determine the best option for you and your ex-partner before you submit your application to the CMS.

For example, you might want to go for Direct Pay, which is when the child maintenance is paid directly to the Parent With Care (PWC) on a daily basis.

As the Non-Resident Parent (NRP) you can also elect to pay the child maintenance to the CMS, which will pass it on to the PWC. This is a paid-for service.

Unpaid Child Maintence

Your child maintenance payments need to be maintained to ensure that your child’s welfare isn’t affected. If you fail to make payments, the CMS has the authority to collect the unpaid funds from you using the following methods:

  • Deduct the money owed from your salary, benefits or bank account
  • Instruct bailiffs to take your possessions to the value of the money owed
  • Revoke your driver’s license
  • Enforce imprisonment

Need Advice?

If you need advice on child maintenance, Cordell & Cordell is the partner that you can trust. Get in touch today.