Spousal and child maintenance

We can help you with the arrangements for a maintenance order for yourself or your spouse and with maintenance orders for your children.

Maintenance for children

We can help you to negotiate maintenance arrangements for your children with your former partner – this is called a family-based arrangement. If you are able to resolve this between you, then there may be no need to involve the Child Maintenance Service. The Child Maintenance Options website provides impartial advice on financial arrangements for your children.

If you have not been able to resolve financial support for your children with your former partner, we can help you with making these arrangements. This will usually be through the Child Maintenance Service, formerly the Child Support Agency.

Maintenance for former spouses / partners

There is no set formula for calculating the appropriate amount for spousal maintenance, as it varies widely based on income, fixed expenses and the situation of both former partners / spouses. We can help you with the negotiations to arrive at a suitable figure, and robustly represent you in court, should that be necessary.


We can advise you on the options available to you to enforce a maintenance order, if your former partner has stopped the payments. Please contact us for more information.

Supporting you

We have over 30 years of experience in advising families experiencing relationship breakdown and understand the importance of listening to our clients and providing them with sensitive yet realistic advice.

Members of the department are accredited by the Law Society and follow the Resolution Code of Practice (which is nationally recognised by family lawyers) so you can be confident that you are receiving the highest quality of advice and assistance, from lawyers who will always aim to minimise the stress involved.

Contact us

Our solicitors will give you sympathetic, realistic advice on the best approach in your situation and how to manage the process in as straightforward and amicable way as possible.

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a confidential appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on 020 3012 1482 or email info@fmwlaw.co.uk.