Make child maintenance deductions from an employee's pay

If you don't help with DEOs


If you've got a deduction from earnings order (DEO) it's an offence to:

  • not provide information when it's required
  • make a false statement or representation
  • knowingly provide false information
  • delay or obstruct an inspector on purpose
  • refuse or fail to answer any questions or supply any information or to produce any document when it's asked for

The Child Maintenance Service sometimes sends inspectors to interview 'paying parents' at work. You must let them interview your employee.

The 'paying parent' is the parent who doesn't have main day-to-day care of the child.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you're found guilty of any of these offences.

  • CMS employer helpline
    0800 232 1961
  • CMS text relay number
    18001 0800 171 2345
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  • Department for Communities