New child maintenance service helps separated parents in Doncaster

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More than 6,000 children in Doncaster have been helped by a new service that enables separated parents to support their children.

The Child Maintenance Service has now opened to all new applicants and will eventually replace the Child Support Agency.

The government is reforming child support services so that separated parents are supported in coming to their own child maintenance arrangements, which is in the best interest of the children.

As part of these reforms, all separated parents applying for help with maintenance payments will first be given free information and support by Child Maintenance Options. The new Child Maintenance Service will act as backstop for parents who cannot work things out between themselves, and will provide a faster, more efficient service than the current CSA schemes.

Department for Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said: “We are reforming the child maintenance system to help more parents come to their own arrangements. Children tend to fare better in life when their parents have a positive relationship and work together.

“All parents applying for help with child maintenance will get free information and support from Child Maintenance Options first to help them work together. The Child Maintenance Service will be there for those who cannot, and will provide a better service than the current CSA.”