Child maintenance is regular, reliable financial support paid towards a child’s everyday living costs. The parent without the main day-to-day care of the child (the parent who pays, previously called the non-resident parent or NRP) pays child maintenance to the parent with the main day-to-day care (the parent who receives maintenance, previously called the parent with care or PWC). In some cases, a grandparent or guardian can be paid child maintenance if they are the child’s main carer.Children and the Law
Recognising your feelings will allow you to better support your children. Understand how feelings of anger, denial and depression can affect you and how you can manage them is extremely important.
When parents split up the questions about where the children will live and how will each parent get to spend time with them will naturally arise. It is important to keep your children informed about what you are planning and listen to their opinions too.
Children will react in different ways to the divorce. Some will be angry, hurt or upset, some may show no reaction at all. In families where there has been a great deal of fighting between parents, children may even feel relieved. They need to know that this is normal. We look at the common emotions children might experience and how you can help support them through this time.
Conflict is damaging, especially conflict happening between the two people your children love best in the world. Our Parenting Charter sets out what children should be able to expect from their parents if they are separating and what separating parents need to do in the interests of their children.
If you are thinking about divorce or separation, one of your biggest worries is likely to be about your children: where they will live and how they will continue to have a meaningful relationship with both of you.
For children, being able to spend time with both of their parents is important. As difficult as it may seem at first, managing to successfully parent across two homes is achievable. This section look at how to manage this situation to provide the best outcomes for your children
Top tips to keep kids’ best interests first during divorce or separation
We have some top tips for parents to help keep your kids' best interests first during divorce or separation.