The UK Government has published details of research into the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
According to the Government, the research shows that the majority of separated parents using the CMS are managing their child support payments between themselves, and most arrangements set up using Direct Pay under the new CMS are still in place a year later.
The CMS launched in 2012 and is designed to support separated families to come to their own financial arrangements, which is in the best interest of their children. The CMS is replacing the old Child Support Agency, which was failing families because it was complicated, did not encourage collaboration, and was not providing value for taxpayers.
Looking at the research findings in more detail, they show that:
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