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82 per cent of parents in contact with Child Maintenance Options had an arrangement within six months

45,500 parents contacted Child Maintenance Options between August and October 2018

Out of the 45,500 parents who had contact with Child Maintenance Options between August and October 2018, 82 per cent had an arrangement in March / April 2019. The figures have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Just over a fifth (22 per cent) of parents who had contacted Child Maintenance Options between August and October 2018 had a family-based arrangement. Fifteen per cent set up or changed their family-based arrangement after contacting Options, while six per cent already had a family-based arrangement in place or could not remember if they set up or changed their arrangement after speaking to Options.

Not all parents with family-based arrangements will contact Child Maintenance Options so the true number of parents with family-based arrangements in society will be higher.

Sixty per cent of parents who had contacted Child Maintenance Options between August and October 2018 had an arrangement with the Child Maintenance Service. Fifty-seven per cent set up or changed their Child Maintenance Service Arrangement after contacting Options, while 3 per cent already had a Child Maintenance Service arrangement in place or could not remember if they set up or changed their arrangement after speaking with Options.

Seventeen per cent of parents had not agreed a child maintenance arrangement after contacting Options.

Ninety per cent of parents with a family-based arrangement thought it worked 'fairly' or 'very well'. Out of the parents whose family-based arrangements involved regular financial payments, 98 per cent said their payments were on time and 96 per cent said they received 'some' or 'all' of their payment.

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29/6/19