Separated parents will be hit by charges if they cannot come to an agreement over child support for their children under a new system coming into force today.
Parents who turn to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to collect and pay settlements will face hefty fees.
The parent not living full-time with their children will face a 20% surcharge on top of their support payment, while the other parent faces losing 4% of the money they would normally receive.
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