Around 16,900 children now financially benefit from voluntary child maintenance arrangements between their parents, the government has announced.
Officially known as ‘family based arrangements’, voluntary child support agreements contrast with situations in which the Child Maintenance Service intervenes and enforces payment from the non-resident parent, who is usually the father.
The Child Maintenance Service is the successor organisation to the Child Support Agency.
The quoted figure relates to the period up to and including December last year.The families of all the children had first made contact with government advice service Child Maintenance Options in the preceding months.
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