The government has set out how the annual child maintenance review is to work. The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) exists to work out, collect and pay out child maintenance payments for separated parents.
The annual review is designed to ensure that the right amount of maintenance is paid. The paying parent’s income, benefits and circumstances are assessed to work out the amount of child maintenance that should be paid for the next 12 months and whether this needs to change.
The annual review period lasts for 30 days. Although parents must tell the CMS if their circumstances change the annual review takes place to ensure that payments are as accurate as possible and to check if other changes have occurred that need to be taken into account.