Child maintenance definition

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What does Child maintenance mean?

A payment made (usually by a parent) to the other parent for outgoings relating to a child or children. Child maintenance may be paid on a voluntary and agreed basis, via the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) or in limited circumstances ordered by the court (also known as 'child periodical payments' or 'child support').

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