Statutory child support scheme
Statutory child support scheme

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Statutory child support scheme
  • Introduction
  • Jurisdiction
  • Criteria
  • Obtaining a maintenance calculation
  • Formula


Changes to statutory child support came into force initially in very limited circumstances with effect from 10 December 2012. Access to the revised scheme (the new scheme) was restricted to applicants claiming child support for four children with the same two parents and who were not receiving child support. With effect from the 29 July 2013, the revised statutory scheme was extended to cover applications for two children with the same parents where there was no existing case with the same person with care (PWC) and the same non-resident parent (NRP) (see the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No 11 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2013, SI 2013/1860, art 3(3)–(4) for exceptions). For the purposes of considering whether there was an existing case, any case voluntarily closed in the 13 weeks preceding the new application was still be considered an existing case and prevented the new calculation rules applying. The revised scheme was extended on 25 November 2013 to all parents making a new application. Changes made include:

  1. the application must be made via the Child Maintenance Options service (see

  2. the introduction (with effect from 30 June 2014) of a charge of £20 for an application under the revised statutory scheme, unless the applicant is under the age of 18 or is a victim of