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Newly-separated parents offered information on arranging child maintenance

CMEC says that 91,000 children benefit from maintenance agreements after contacting Child Maintenance Options

Parents on tax credits who contact Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to report changes of circumstance following family breakdown can now choose a call-back from the Child Maintenance Options service.

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission estimates that 91,000 children are benefiting from maintenance arrangements agreed between parents after contacting Child Maintenance Options – 30,000 more than a year ago. The Commission says that a similar number of children are benefiting from Child Support Agency arrangements made after one of their parents used the service.

Director of the Child Maintenance Options service, Janet Wojtkow, said:

'We're concerned some parents may have missed out on help with child maintenance because they were reluctant or frightened to find out what their options might be, or simply didn't know where to go to get the help they needed.

'As difficult and as tense a time as separation can be, making sure children are supported financially is a priority for parents. We hope our new initiative for people on tax credits will ensure lots more parents get the help and support they need to come to a child maintenance arrangement that suits them.'