The rules governing how separated parents share financial responsibility for their children are undergoing a radical change.
The Child Support Agency (CSA) has been re-branded as the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). The CMS will calculate maintenance payments based on gross income of non resident parents and this will be reviewed annually. People using the system will also have to pay a fee on every payment which goes straight to the government. This is to discourage people from using the state scheme and to encourage parents to come to a private arrangement for payments.
People who want to apply for child support will have to have a telephone conversation with an advisor to discuss the options available.
The scheme was opened in December 2012 to a small number of people and will be phased in to cover all children by sometime next year.