An Introduction to the Child Maintenance Service

Delivered by James Pirrie, Director of Family Law in Partnership, this course provided an overview of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), covering the following:

  • An examination of the traps for the unwary
  • Enforcement when payments are missed
  • Challenging decisions of the Child Maintenance Service

James is an acknowledged expert in the field of child maintenance. He appeared before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee to talk about the practical impact of the introduction of the new Service. A commentator recently noted that James is “undoubtedly this country’s expert on child support”.


The presentation, audio recording and materials from the session are now available to download:


  1. PDF icon Full presentation and James Pirrie's notes 
  2. File Calculator & one page summary
  3. File Two page summary of the 3 CMS schemes 
  4. File Young person table that gives the end point of jurisdiction
  5. PDF icon Important CMS regulations
  6. File Orders recently completed by James Pirrie for Resolution




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Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Thursday, July 5, 2018