We are a free service who provide impartial information and support to help separated parents make decisions about their child maintenance arrangements.

Child maintenance is regular, reliable support that helps towards your child’s everyday living costs. 

We can help you if:

  • you're separating from the other parent or are not living with them and you need to set up a child maintenance arrangement
  • you have responsibility for a child who doesn't live with their parents
  • you are thinking of switching from a statutory child maintenance arrangement to a family-based arrangement, or the other way round
  • if your child maintenance arrangement has broken down or is not working as you'd like it to.

We can also signpost you to organisations who can provide help and advice on other areas related to separation such as housing, employment and money.

When is it on?

Session information
Monday to Friday 8.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm

Who to contact

0800 988 0988
Child Maintenance Options

Other details

Cost description

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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