Periodical payments—means of payment order
Produced in partnership with David Salter of Mills & Reeve
Periodical payments—means of payment order

The following Family guidance note Produced in partnership with David Salter of Mills & Reeve provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Periodical payments—means of payment order
  • Qualifying periodical maintenance order
  • Procedure
  • Procedural considerations
  • Variation

A means of payment order (MPO) is an order requiring the payer of a 'qualifying periodical maintenance order' to make payments by a particular method or an order that an attachment of earnings order (AEO) be made. This provides the receiving party with a degree of certainty as to how and when payments will be made, even more so where an AEO is made. An MPO also encompasses an order that payments under the order in question be made to the court (including by a particular method) or in accordance with arrangements made under section 30 of the Child Support Act 1991 (CSA 1991). These latter powers may only be exercised by the Family Court.

Qualifying periodical maintenance order

A qualifying maintenance order is an order that requires one party to make periodical payments to another and that is made while the paying party is ordinarily resident in England and Wales. This includes an order