What happens if I don't pay my child support?
If you don't pay the consequences can be severe. The Child Support Agency (CSA) or Child Maintenance Service (CMS) have the powers to deduct arrears and ongoing payments straight from your earnings or bank account. They have a wide range of other legal powers and as a last resort you can be imprisoned if you refuse to pay.
We understand that things are often tough for parents living apart from their children. However it’s important to stay on top of your payments and treat them as one of your priority outgoings, so you need to make sure you pay this before any of your unsecured debts like credit cards or personal loans.
Our 60-second debt test can tell you if you would benefit from some free and impartial debt advice.
If you've got a family-based child support arrangement your first step is to speak to your ex-partner and explain your situation. You may be able to work together to put an interim arrangement in place until you're able to resume your original agreement. Child maintenance options offer impartial information and support to help parents make informed choices about child maintenance.