Practical guides to help separated parents who are struggling to arrange child maintenance, covering topics like managing conflict and talking about money. These practical tools and documents will help separated clients understand more about the issues they will face or are facing.

Child maintenance myths

Many parents fall prey to myths about child maintenance. This content, that you can use on your website, helps to dispel some common myths.

Child maintenance myths PDF (25KB)

Child maintenance calculator

A tool to estimate how much child maintenance would be payable in a Child Maintenance Service arrangement, which can be used as a starting point for a family-based arrangement.

Child maintenance calculator

Customer-facing web content

Content about help with child maintenance for parents. You can use this on your customer-facing website and publications.

Help with child maintenance content

Child maintenance – everything a parent needs to know – booklet

A DWP guide about all the aspects of child maintenance including how separated parents can make child maintenance arrangements.

Child maintenance – everything you need to know PDF (2.36MB)

Information for parents living apart from their child – booklet

Child maintenance choices for parents who don’t live with their child, as well as ideas from other parents in the same situation.

Information for parents living apart from their child PDF (1.2MB)

Information for parents with day-to-day care of their child – booklet

Child maintenance choices for parents who have day-to-day care of a child following separation or divorce.

Information for parents with day-to-day care of their child PDF (1.2MB)

Helping someone you know – booklet

A Child Maintenance Options guide for people who want to help separated parents they know make decisions about a child maintenance arrangement.

Helping someone you know PDF (830KB)

Talking about money – booklet

An in-depth guide to help separated parents talk to each other about finances so that making a child maintenance arrangement is easier.

Talking about money PDF (1.2MB)

Dealing with emotions after separation – booklet

Support and information for parents struggling with their emotions as a result of a separation or divorce.

Dealing with emotions after separation PDF (962KB)

Getting in contact with the child’s other parent – booklet

Hints and tips for separated parents to make contacting a former partner to talk about child maintenance easier.

Getting in contact with your child’s other parent PDF (1.3MB)

Managing conflict with the child’s other parent – booklet

Tips on learning how to deal with conflict and practical tools to help separated parents avoid arguments or have fewer arguments.

Managing conflict with your child’s other parent PDF (863KB)

Parenting together after separation – booklet

Tips and tools to help people parent together successfully after a separation or divorce.

Parenting together after separation PDF (809KB)

Child maintenance and staying safe – booklet

Support and information for separated parents who may have been in a violent or abusive relationship.

Child maintenance and staying safe PDF (333KB)

The cost of raising a child – worksheet

A handy template for separated parents to fill in when deciding on what to include in a family-based arrangement.

The cost of raising your child PDF (83KB)

Discussion guide – worksheet

A step-by-step guide for separated parents to use to plan their child maintenance conversation with the other parent.

Discussion guide PDF (100KB)