The Child Maintenance Scheme was opened in December 2012 only to new applications from people with four or more children, where the children are from the same two parents.
At the end of July 2013 the 2012 Scheme will open to new applications from people with two or more children, where the children are from the same two parents. This date is provisional and is subject to change.
The following links from the Child Maintenance Options website is helpful : www.cmoptions.org/workingtogether/resources.asp
The Child Maintenance Scheme, operated by the Child Maintenance Service, will eventually replace the 1993 and 2003 schemes run by the Child Support Agency.
Child Maintenance Options can be contacted on: 0800 988 0988
Lines are open: Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm