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30 January 2018

85% of parents with a family-based child maintenance arrangement say it works well

DWP release figures for child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to Child Maintenance Options, reports Family Law Week.

The Department for Work and Pensions has released statistics for the three months up to the end of September 2017 concerning child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to Child Maintenance Options.

Out of the 55,900 parents that had contact with Child Maintenance Options between May and July 2017, 75% had a child maintenance arrangement at the time of surveying. That is 41,800 child maintenance arrangements.

17% of parents who contacted Child Maintenance Options setup a family-based arrangement. 8% of parents already had a family-based arrangement before they contacted Options giving a total of 25% of parents that have family-based arrangements.

50% of parents who contacted Child Maintenance Options now have an arrangement with the Child Maintenance Service. 43% of all parents set up their arrangement with the Child Maintenance Service after speaking to Options and 7% already had their arrangement in place before they called Options between May and July 2017.

24% of parents had not agreed a child maintenance arrangement after contacting Options.

73% of parents with previous CSA cases who contacted Child Maintenance Options created a new child maintenance arrangement with the Child Maintenance Service. This is a statistically significant difference from the 45% of parents who do not have previous involvement with the CSA.

The remaining parents with previous CSA cases who contacted Child Maintenance Options made a Family-based arrangement or did not set up a child maintenance arrangement. Only 13% of former CSA clients did not set up an arrangement, compared with 27% of other clients. This is another statistically significant difference.

85% of parents with a family-based arrangement said it worked well. For those with family-based arrangements that consist of regular payments:

87% said they received their payments always or usually on time
93% said they received all or some of the agreed amount
85% said they paid or received some or all of their child maintenance and it was usually or always on time.

For the statistical release, click here.