Make child maintenance deductions from an employee's pay



The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is a part of the Department for Communities. Its aim is to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute towards their upkeep by paying child maintenance.

Employers play an important role, working in partnership with CMS, in helping parents meet the financial responsibility of bringing up their children. That role could involve:

  • helping CMS to collect information about your employees so that they can work out child maintenance
  • setting up Deduction from Earnings Orders
  • responding to enquiries from the organisations CMS uses to collect payments of child maintenance on its behalf

This guide highlights your legal obligations as an employer for collecting child maintenance from your employees, often referred to as paying parents.

It will also explain how you should make deductions from earnings and how to send payments to CMS.

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