Child Maintenance Service Contents

Glossary

Term

Definition

Child maintenance

Financial or other support provided by a separated parent for any children for which they do not have primary day-to-day caring responsibility.

Child Maintenance Options (CMO)

Government body that provides free advice to separating parents. It encourages separated couples to “work together in the best interests of their children”.

Child Maintenance Service (CMS)

Government service that operates the new statutory child maintenance scheme established in 2012. The CMS is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Child Support Agency (CSA)

Government agency established to operate the first statutory child maintenance scheme in 1993. Its caseload is being closed with new applications for maintenance made to CMS.

Family Based Arrangement (FBA)

Arrangement for child maintenance agreed voluntarily between separated parents.

Parent With Care (PWC)

The separated parent with primary day-to-day caring responsibility for their children and so having a child maintenance entitlement.

Non-Resident Parent (NRP)

A separated parent who does not have primary day-to-day caring responsibility for the children and so having a child maintenance liability.

Statutory child maintenance

Government-run scheme for managing child maintenance between separated parents. The CSA Scheme, introduced in 1993, was replaced by the 2012 Scheme run by the CMS.





28 April 2017