Separated parents not wanting any contact with each other is a main barrier to private child maintenance arrangements, according to new research published today.
The government research assessed the suitability of private child maintenance arrangements for Child Support Agency clients.
At present, child maintenance is processed by the CSA, or paid privately from one parent to another.
Barriers to private arrangements included separated parents not wanting any contact with each other and fears about non-payment.
However, flexibility is a key attraction of private maintenance payments, the research found.
An investigation of CSA maintenance direct payments