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Children after Parental Divorce or Separation

What happens about childcare when parents get divorced or separate? How do the legal issues of separation affect child maintenance and child custody?

CHILDCARE AFTER PARENTS SEPARATE: This section covers the common disagreements and disputes about parentage during divorce or separation.

Parental separation is rarely a happy experience. But separating from your partner is a difficult time for your children too.

Child maintenance is usually a regular source of financial support. It helps to cover everyday costs of bringing up children.

Find out what happens to child maintenance when parents separate and who takes care of them?

In most cases you will need to use the Child Maintenance Service or Child Support Agency. They will provide help and guidance during any major disagreements on parentage.

You will find detailed information about child custody. In particular, how to deal with authorities if your child gets taken into care. Further advice deals with situations where you may need to contact a child abroad. You may also need to arrange for their safe return to the United Kingdom.

Childcare and Divorce Guide

Child Maintenance IssuesChild Maintenance

CALCULATE CHILD MAINTENANCE: The CSA child maintenance calculator helps you estimate payment rates. Choose between the statutory amounts or work out child maintenance and arrange it yourselves. The CSA (Child Support Agency) or Child Maintenance Service calculate the statutory amounts in England.

You should not use the child maintenance divorce calculator if your case is a '1993 scheme' or '2003 scheme'. The Child Support Agency (CSA) manages these types of cases.

Note: The government child maintenance calculator is for estimates only. Some results may not be accurate for complicated circumstances or difficult relationships.


Child Support Agency and Working Out Child Maintenance CalculationsWork Out Child Maintenance

HOW DOES CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY WORK? What is the UK Child Support Agency (CSA) and is it still working? It was first launched in 1993 as part of the Department for Work and Pensions. The CSA implemented the Child Support Act 1991 and the legislation that followed it.

HOW IS CHILD MAINTENANCE CALCULATED? Working out child maintenance payments often follows a parental separation. There are several methods to calculate how much child maintenance you should pay. This section explains how the different processes work.


Children and Childcare after Parents Divorce or Separate in the United Kingdom