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Enforcement of CSA/CMS Payments

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 17 Feb 2017 |
 
Csa Maintenance Payments Arrears Child

Once the CSA/CMS has made a calculation for child maintenance, it has discretion to stipulate the method by which payments are made, to whom, when and how much should be paid towards any arrears. Notifications of any CSA/CMS decisions relating to payments must be made in writing, and should allow the non-resident parent as well as the person with care to make representations about them.

Payments to the CSA/CMS

In the majority of cases, the CSA/CMS prefer payments to be made directly from the non-resident parent to the person with care – save for when the person with care is on either Income Support or Job Seeker’s Allowance. In this situation, payments are made using ‘the collection service.’ In other cases (i.e. where the person with care is not on benefits) the collection service can be used if one or both of the parties request it. If there are problems with payments, it is possible to request the intervention of the collection service later on.

Under the new rules for child maintenance calculations, if a non-resident parent is on benefits Jobcentre Plus may make deductions at source of flat rate payments, at the request of the CSA/CMS.

When Payments Fall into Arrears

The CSA/CMS only intervenes in cases where payments have fallen into arrears if the collections service is being used. However, it is important to note that by the time the first calculation is made there are always arrears to be paid (because the calculation isn’t made until after the date when payments are due).

When a calculation is first made, the CSA/CMS will telephone the non-resident parent and tell them how the payments should be made, including the arrears. It is during this conversation that the non-resident parent should negotiate if they feel that they are not satisfied with the proposed schedule: this may be particularly pertinent given that the CSA/CMS always request that the initial arrears are cleared by way of a lump sum. (Any voluntary payments that have been made after the effective date can be deducted from the initial arrears.) The arrears are also notified in writing. If they are not paid within seven days of the written notification, the non-resident parent could face fines and enforcement action.

Enforcement Action

If a payment that is due directly to the person with care is missed, they must inform the CSA/CMS so that they can make enquiries as to why the payment has been missed. If a payment that is due to be paid via the agency is missed, the CSA/CMS will follow this up of its own volition. In other cases, a person with care who is on certain benefits may request an increase based on the fact that child maintenance has not been paid.

In these circumstances the CSA/CMS will telephone the non-resident parent to find out whether there is a problem (e.g. a change in circumstances.) If the non-resident parent anticipates that they may find themselves in difficulty over payments, such as an impending redundancy, they should contact the agency in good time to negotiate a reduction. There may be a suspension of arrears temporarily if the non-resident parent is ill, unemployed or incarcerated.

Deductions From Earnings

A Deduction from Earnings Order (DEO) is where payments are deducted from the non-resident parent’s earnings and paid to the CSA/CMS. Voluntary DEOs are available if the non-resident parent requests it: however if they persistently default, fail to keep to arrears arrangements and do not respond to enquiries, a DEO may be imposed. However it is possible to appeal a DEO to a magistrates’ court within 28 days of its imposition, either on the basis that it is defective or that the payments being made to the non-resident parent do not qualify as ‘earnings.’

If a DEO is inappropriate for whatever reason the CSA/CMS can apply to the magistrates court for a liability order. The CSA/CMS has to provide the non-resident parent with 7 days written notice of their intention to apply for this order. Once granted, the CSA can arrange for a county court to enter the order into its register like a judgment debt. This means that the CSA/CMS can pursue a charging order against land, property or other assets, a third party debt order against bank accounts or debts owed to the non-resident parent by a third party.

Disqualification From Driving and Imprisonment

In extreme circumstances, the CSA/CMS may take action to disqualify a non-resident parent from driving and can fix a term of imprisonment (up to six weeks) that is usually postponed to enable regular payments to be made.

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The CSA wrote to me a year ago to inform me that they were no longer going to be involved in my child maintenance from October 2016. I spoke to them several times about the change and made it simple by giving me a date to cancel their direct debit and start a new one to the child maintenance service. That was 4 months ago and everything has gone perfectly. Never in 10 years missed a DD with CSA. Had a letter today claiming I owe £210 arrears to the CSA !!! No explanation. Just a demand to pay it within 14 days. How can I owe any arreaers when no payments have ever been missed and none have ever been missed under the new cms system? Its ridiculous and I think they are trying to defraud me.
Joey12 - 17-Feb-17 @ 9:39 PM
Loulou - Your Question:
I have been in the csa system for sone years now trying to get maintainence for my son. His father denied he was his child so we had the dna that of course proved he was. He is self employed usually sub contracted an aircraft engineer he works all over the world but is resident and has a house in uk. He refuses to comply with csa. Won't declare earnings. Has money put into other peoples accounts and has had several limited companies to hide his money. They git a charging order but his property is in negative equity so they wouldn't force sale. A couple of liability orders. He was told to pay default of £20 per week, he paid £14.50 up to october last year and nothing since. Arrears in excess of £5000 but I know that would at least triple if they knew his exact income I know they can apply for removing driving liscence or prison as last resort but they don't seem to be doing anything at all I'm so frustrated knowing he's living life of riley whilst my son gets nothing. He's never met or shown interest in my son so no issues as in care/custody. Surely they can do more??

Our Response:
In a case such as this, you may wish to seek legal advice about taking the matter to court. A court can look into your ex's finances in depth. However, the case would need to be strong as you personally could end up out of pocket if his income can be justified and explained.
ChildSupportLaws - 17-Feb-17 @ 12:23 PM
Lesterfox - Your Question:
I gave up on the CSA ages ago, theyd catch up with ex,assess, that took forever, send me a letter to tell me how much he owed, he wouldnt pay, theyd chase him up put an attachment to earnings on his wages- as soon as this happened the snake left and started somewhere else (lorry driver) So I gave up simple as ! Apparently though he accrued arrears now ive had 2 letters telling me how much he owes and that he must pay back - well ok but when and more importantly HOW are you goin to do that this time round after nearly 8 years ??

Our Response:
You could always seek legal advice to see if you have a case regarding taking the matter to court. However, these are the stages of enforcement here .
ChildSupportLaws - 17-Feb-17 @ 10:14 AM
Hi I applied for Csa about a week ago my lb is 6 months, will 6 months worth of payments be collected or does the payments start 'fresh' since I only applied a week ago?
S - 16-Feb-17 @ 10:19 PM
I have been in the csa system for sone years now trying to get maintainence for my son. His father denied he was his child so we had the dna that of course proved he was. He is self employed usually sub contracted an aircraft engineer he works all over the world but is resident and has a house in uk. He refuses to comply with csa. Won't declare earnings.Has money put into other peoples accounts and has had several limited companies to hide his money . They git a charging order but his property is in negative equity so they wouldn't force sale. A couple of liability orders. He was told to pay default of £20 per week, he paid £14.50 up to october last year and nothing since. Arrears in excess of £5000 but i know that would at least triple if they knew his exact income i know they can apply for removing driving liscence or prison as last resort but they don't seem to be doing anything at all I'm so frustrated knowing he's living life of riley whilst my son gets nothing. He's never met or shown interest in my son so no issues as in care/custody. Surely they can do more??
Loulou - 16-Feb-17 @ 6:24 PM
Cob19 - Your Question:
I've had nothing but problems with the Cms since they took my case over in October 2015 , it took until November 2016 for myself & 3 daughters to receive any money from their father. This was down to my ex being none compliant , not answering letters or phone calls and the Cms making several mistakes. A deduction of earnings was eventually set up for the weekly amount and also for a percentage of the £7000 arrears. I was reassured that the deduction of earnings would stay in place until every bit of the arrears was paid. I had a phone call today stating that my ex has requested to do direct debit and that because he has paid regularly for 6 months they can change him to direct debit. I advised that he's only been regularly paying because of the deduction of earnings. I was then told that it was a decision for the Cms & my ex to come to and I had no say( even though a previous manager told me different). I' m so annoyed as I know exactly what will happen my ex will stop paying again and I'll be back to square 1 going through a deduction of earnings again and being with money for several months again. Does anyone have any advice for pleased? I feel so stressed- the Cms is much worse than the previous Csa.

Our Response:
I'm afraid we do not know the administrative procedures of the CMS, so if the direct debit is not paid to instruction, then your only option would be to take the matter back to CMS. However, I imagine this will come with a warning that if your ex defaults there will be further repercussions.
ChildSupportLaws - 16-Feb-17 @ 12:12 PM
I gave up on the CSA ages ago, theyd catch up with ex,assess, that took forever, send me a letter to tell me how much he owed, he wouldnt pay, theyd chase him up put an attachment to earnings on his wages- as soon as this happened the snake left and started somewhere else (lorry driver) So i gave up simple as ! Apparently though he accrued arrears now ive had 2 letters telling me how much he owes and that he must pay back - well ok but when and more importantly HOW are you goin to do that this time round after nearly 8 years ??
Lesterfox - 16-Feb-17 @ 12:10 PM
I owe Csa arrears of 1700 which resulted whilst my son was being took away from his mom to live with myself,my children have been living with me and my wife, court granted us both residence and prohibited any contact from her and it took four years to get child maintenance from their mother via CMS.She owes over 2,000 and is paying the arrears back over 5 yr period at £7 per week, she works full time has no dependents. The CSA have now been in touch and are asking hefty repayments. I was initially told the debt belonged to the child, now they are saying I have to pay more to my ex than she pays for the children who actually live with us. This is a ludicrous situation. They won't write the debts off as they are separate organisations. If the debt belongs to the child and is payed to the resident parent then that's me, the CSA are not being helpful. I have started the complaints process I know this situation is unusual and would really appreciate some advice.
Holty - 15-Feb-17 @ 8:27 PM
I've had nothing but problems with the Cms since they took my case over in October 2015 , it took until November 2016 for myself & 3 daughters to receive any money from their father . This was down to my ex being none compliant , not answering letters or phone calls and the Cms making several mistakes. A deduction of earnings was eventually set up for the weekly amount and also for a percentage of the £7000 arrears . I was reassured that the deduction of earnings would stay in place until every bit of the arrears was paid . I had a phone call today stating that my ex has requested to do direct debit and that because he has paid regularly for 6 months they can change him to direct debit . I advised that he's only been regularly paying because of the deduction of earnings. I was then told that it was a decision for the Cms & my ex to come to and I had no say( even though a previous manager told me different) . I' m so annoyed as I know exactly what will happen my ex will stop paying again and I'll be back to square 1 going through a deduction of earnings again and being with money for several months again . Does anyone have any advice for pleased? I feel so stressed- the Cms is much worse than the previous Csa .
Cob19 - 15-Feb-17 @ 7:06 PM
Child Maintenance problem. I swapped over from the CSA to the Child Maintenance in Oct. Anyone had dealings with the Chid Maintenance? The kid's father works as a car salesman. According to the hmrc, his earnings for last year, would have been I would be entitled to £422 per month. But the snake has now changed his contract, all the commission is now paid, in one lump in December. Which now means his payslips, for the rest of the year just shows his basic wage, hence my payment has gone down to 40 quid per week. Child Maintenance said, there is nothing they can do. There must be 1000's of people not getting a fair deal. Any suggestions?
BLUEBELL - 11-Feb-17 @ 10:41 AM
Anyone had dealings with the Chid Maintenance? The kid's father works as a car salesman. According to the hmrc, his earnings for last year, would have been I would be entitled to £422 per month. But the snake has now changed his contract, all the commission is now paid, in one lump in December. Which now means his payslips, for the rest of the year just shows his basic wage, hence my payment has gone down to 40 quid per week. Child Maintenance said, there is nothing they can do. There must be 1000's of people not getting a fair deal. Any suggestions?
bluebell - 11-Feb-17 @ 10:36 AM
My ex and his new girlfriend had a new baby together. They don't live together and (although I know this is accepted by the cms) she has put a claim in for cms for their child. This means my money for my child has reduced significantly. However because of a separate court case he has had to show a years worth of bank statements and low and behold since she put the claim in for their child, he hasn't paid her anything. They are obviously in it together, they are girlfriend and boyfriend and she's put a claim into reduce my child's money meaning. My ex doesn't have to pay out each month... what can I do?
X - 5-Feb-17 @ 9:59 PM
Bea - Your Question:
My husband had his case closed and payments ceased in 2007, when his ex wife agreed to stop pursuing him for arrears in return for a lump sum in advance payment when we came into some cash. The case was closed. Or so we thought. Last October he received a letter telling him he owes over £7000! He got in touch with the CSA immediately, and after some confusion they were able to locate the letter confirming this and promised to send a copy. We never received it. Today he's had another phone call requesting payment. He's explained what happened and and the handler said she had record of his call, but not the outcome, and will get back to him later. This may turn out ok, but what the hell do we do if it doesn't? We have no records they do! Please, any advice? My husband recently had a heart attack and I'm worried about his stress levels as well as my own!

Our Response:
If your husband feels the matter has been unresolved or he has been treated unfairly, he can complain, please see link here.
ChildSupportLaws - 2-Feb-17 @ 1:56 PM
It would be interesting to hear people's view on fathers paying maintenance when they are denied access. I find myself in this situation. Firstly, I 100% agree that a non-resident parent should contribute to the upbringing on their child. In the same breath, if mother repeatedly denies access and flouts many contact orders, why should the father be punished financially as well when he wants to be a part of the child'slife? It's costs money to pursue access through the courts too. I sought a DNA test to prove my daughter was mine and battled through the courts for 7 years, obtaining 32 contact orders, all of which were ignored. There is no punishment for this, you just reapply and wait many months for the next hearing and then try to agree on contact - a complete joke given the reason for going to court in the first place is because you want contact but are denied - the cycle just repeats itself. At court order number 32, after about 50 court appearances, the judge basically threatened my ex with imprisonment if she didn't comply. That was 7 years ago and I haven't had to return to court since. Anyway, during the period 2003-2006, when I was denied contact at every turn, my ex went to the CSA as she thought I should be paying for a child she wouldn't let me see. Fast forward 11 years and today I have received a letter from CMS saying I owe the over 4 grand in arrears for this period. They do not care about the circumstances and even refuse to provide a breakdown of how they arrived at this figure. During this time I was 22-25 years old and earned £5 per hour as a barman, before minimum wage came in; spent quite a few months unemployed, then got on the career ladder and earned £17-25k per annum over a couple of jobs. Renting in the private sector in London, eating, surviving and paying to go to court repeatedly, I wasn't exactly leading the life of Riley. My ex has never worked, has gone on to have 4 more kids and although, I have had access over the last 7 years (irregular) I have to accept the fact that my daughter also calls another man "Dad". Not very nice to be honest. I've saved for my daughter for years, money I planned to give her at 21 to give her a good start in life. I have a new family, another daughter and am the sole breadwinner. I don't have 4 grand lying around. I don't have a car. We've not been on holiday in years. It costs me £600 per month to commute 70 miles to work every day in London. The only way I can meet this demand is by taking from the money I have saved for my daughter over the last 7 years. The way I see it, the state were complicit in robbing my daughter of a loving father for much of her childhood. Now, they will be robbing from her future. And if anyone thinks my daughter will see any of the money CMS claims I owe, they have their head in the clouds. Not fair at all I think!
Daniel - 1-Feb-17 @ 11:45 PM
My husband had his case closed and payments ceased in 2007, when his ex wife agreed to stop pursuing him for arrears in return for a lump sum in advance payment when we came into some cash.The case was closed. Or so we thought.Last October he received a letter telling him he owes over £7000!He got in touch with the CSA immediately, and after some confusion they were able to locate the letter confirming this and promised to send a copy.We never received it.Today he's had another phone call requesting payment.He's explained what happened and and the handler said she had record of his call, but not the outcome, and will get back to him later.This may turn out ok, but what the hell do we do if it doesn't? We have no records they do!Please, any advice?My husband recently had a heart attack and I'm worried about his stress levels as well as my own!
Bea - 1-Feb-17 @ 1:46 PM
Willow - Your Question:
My ex and I have four children, he hasn't paid any maintenance for a year now, when csa have got in touch with him he has failed to respond. It is now going to court for a liability order as he has left the country and transferred all his money into his wife's name, however he owns his own house in the uk which they will put a charge on, I have recently found out that he has sold this house privately for cash. Is he allowed to do this? I'm waiting for csa to respond but will I be able to carry on trying to get something for my children? The charge hasn't been put on his property yet, will they still be able to do this?? Help??

Our Response:
I'm afraid it is beyond out remit to advise regarding this. You can see more how a liability order works via the CAB link here. If he is brought to court and his lifestyle or payment dodging can be proved, then the courts will do all in its power to retrieve the money, However, until a charge goes on the house, he can sell his property. But the court will look into his finances in depth and try to rectify the situation as best it can.
ChildSupportLaws - 30-Jan-17 @ 11:54 AM
My ex and I have four children, he hasn't paid any maintenance for a year now, when csa have got in touch with him he has failed to respond. It is now going to court for a liability order as he has left the country and transferred all his money into his wife's name, however he owns his own house in the uk which they will put a charge on, I have recently found out that he has sold this house privately for cash. Is he allowed to do this? I'm waiting for csa to respond but will I be able to carry on trying to get something for my children? The charge hasn't been put on his property yet, will they still be able to do this?? Help??
Willow - 29-Jan-17 @ 6:21 PM
Does anyone know if your ex has arreas that they haven't paid can they make a claim to CMS? reason I'm asking I've had a fall out with my daughter who has now gone to live with her dad. I had a CMS claim that I cancelled because I was sick of the phone calls because they couldn't get any money off of him. A year later and he still hasn't paid the measly £400 he owes. I ended up having to pay the same amount because I let him claim the CB for my youngest daughter and I claimed for the eldest. I though this was fair as we had shared care although I do all the doctors etc. And have residence. When my eldest became 18 he then put in a claim to the CMS I couldn't believe it. My 18 year old was living with me full time and we had shared care of my younger daughter. Because he claimed th CB I didn't have a leg to stand on although I sent in all court documents. Anyway after I ask for a mandatory reconsideration it was deemed I was in fact the main carer and he had to reimburse me the money I paid plus pay me CM. all I wanted was my £400 back that I paid hence cancelling the claim. Now my daughter has moved in with her dad as we've had a falling out I'm worried he's going to do the same. He's already out in for the CB (I pay the whole amount into my daughters bank account each week anyway so I don't get a penny of it). She still gets regular money off of me even though she's not living here. Dinners are paid for , school uniform etc. So my question still stands can he put in a claim to CMS if he owes me £400? I know it's coming and if I have to pay CM so be it but how can this be if he owes me money. Surely he had to pay his arreas before they take his claim on.
Lostpatience101 - 28-Jan-17 @ 4:44 PM
How to get your money for your children from none resident parent. Hound your MP get them to wright to MP frank field chairman select commitee to get our cases to a hearing with government the CSA / CMS collections are not working The Law has to be changed back were there new partners income is taken into paying for children I have written to MP Frank Fields who replied saying l had to contact my own MPshe contacted himhe replyedwants to meet up with her.Now stop all your winging do something positive hound your MPsLet's get the Law changedI have gotthe ball rolling please do the same Your MP should work for youhound themfor change JUSTICE FOR OUR CHILDREN??None resident parent?????? 26/1/17
Justice - 26-Jan-17 @ 6:56 PM
Lou - Your Question:
Hello, My ex and I separated and divorced 7 years ago, for the first 7 months he didn't want to see the children (2) and took quite a lot of persuasion to do so for their sake. He has since then seen the children very regularly on a Tuesday night and very little beyond this. When we sold the house I had only a few hours cleaning per week as income as I was the main carer. As such I needed the majority of the house sale in order to re-home the children and myself. I had 100 thousand to reinvest in a house and he took 20 thousand. I agreed then not to seek maintenance as we had the lions share. I have not done so but more recently I have asked him, for my daughters sake if he will have his children for longer periods of time, a week in the summer holidays etc, he has agreed if I pay him which has made me angry enough to try to find out where we stand. I am still a single parent and we are still struggling to make ends meet. Does anyone have any useful advice please?

Our Response:
Unless an agreement was made via court then you have a right to apply for maintenance from your ex. He would have to prove in court that you agreed to a no-maintenance deal (if he wished to pursue the matter).
ChildSupportLaws - 25-Jan-17 @ 11:20 AM
Hello, My ex and I separated and divorced 7 years ago, for the first 7 months he didn't want to see the children (2) and took quite a lot of persuasion to do so for their sake. He has since then seen the children very regularly on a Tuesday night and very little beyond this. When we sold the house I had only a few hours cleaning per week as income as I was the main carer. As such I needed the majority of the house sale in order to re-home the children and myself. I had 100 thousand to reinvest in a house and he took 20 thousand. I agreed then not to seek maintenance as we had the lions share. I have not done so but more recently I have asked him, for my daughters sake if he will have his children for longer periods of time, a week in the summer holidays etc, he has agreed if I pay him which has made me angry enough to try to find out where we stand. I am still a single parent and we are still struggling to make ends meet. Does anyone have any useful advice please?
Lou - 24-Jan-17 @ 7:23 PM
Faith - Your Question:
I feel sick reading these messages. After having a really angry and upsetting call with the CMS this afternoon. I requested collect and pay right from the beginning ( last July) and feel like the whole system has dragged its heels to help! I've been really patient, calling on a few occasions to make sure everything was going according to plan! I was expecting money to be collected from my ex husband earnings sometime around 19th Jan depending on payroll. I've been told today that although they've confirmed who he works for , an order was never set up to collect payment and arrears- I'm gutted. I lost patience today too! My ex has no assets, lives dear knows where and for now works for a recruitment agency. I doubt I'll ever get any money for my son yet his salary is about 1 and 1/2 times mine. It's supposed to be law that they pay. Well he'll play the system and not pay. I reckon buy the time this is set up he will of job hopped! I think the child maintanance service should if fact be called - support for the non paying parent!!! Quite frankly folks I get more support from my underwear ??

Our Response:
I'm afraid your only recourse here is to complain, please see gov.uk link here.
ChildSupportLaws - 24-Jan-17 @ 1:00 PM
Becky - Your Question:
Seem to be going round in circles. My ex starts paying, then stops.my son is 8 and I've received minimal money from him through the CSA. At what point is enough enough and does CSA realise he is playing the system and that actually this is just going to continue unless sent to court? My question is can you request the csa to take my ex to court?

Our Response:
In the first instance, if you think you are being treated unfairly, or if there is no good reason why your ex is not paying i.e loss of job, lack of information via HMRC etc, here, which renders the CSA/CMS powerless to enforce payments however unfair it may seem.
ChildSupportLaws - 24-Jan-17 @ 11:34 AM
I feel sick reading these messages. After having a really angry and upsetting call with the CMS this afternoon. I requested collect and pay right from the beginning ( last July) and feel like the whole system has dragged its heels to help! I've been really patient, calling on a few occasions to make sure everything was going according to plan! I was expecting money to be collected from my ex husband earnings sometime around 19th Jan depending on payroll. I've been told today that although they've confirmed who he works for , an order was never set up to collect payment and arrears- I'm gutted. I lost patience today too! My ex has no assets, lives dear knows where and for now works for a recruitment agency. I doubt I'll ever get any money for my son yet his salary is about 1 and 1/2 times mine. It's supposed to be law that they pay. Well he'll play the system and not pay. I reckon buy the time this is set up he will of job hopped! I think the child maintanance service should if fact be called- support for the non paying parent!!! Quite frankly folks I get more support from my underwear ??
Faith - 23-Jan-17 @ 8:43 PM
Seem to be going round in circles. My ex starts paying, then stops...my son is 8 and I've received minimal money from him through the CSA. At what point is enough enough and does CSA realise he is playing the system and that actually this is just going to continue unless sent to court? My question is can you request the csa to take my ex to court?
Becky - 23-Jan-17 @ 1:21 PM
I have a long story about the the CSA and it's injustice. 13 years ago my ex partner was receiving child support from me for our son yes I had arrears but was paying them off with a deduction from earnings order at 33% of my overall working income. However in a turn of events my expartner decided she should abandon my little boy to be with her new boyfriend who seen my boy as a hindrance. At this point I still owed around £300 in arears. Immediately I contacted the CSA and informed them of the change of circumstances and that I was receiving all benefits for my son is tax credits and family allowances moving on obtaining full sole custody through the family courts etc at great cost to myself via solicitors bills etc. Even though I notified the CSA who are established to support the child not the mother they continued to keep taking money out of my wages bearing in mind I owed £300 in arrears. This however continued for around 18 months like clockwork my wages would be savaged and handed over to my son's mother. I in that time contacted the CSA on almost a daily basis informing them that they where putting me and my son into poverty by taking such a huge sum from my wage when I had full custody. In the end I had to make a counter claim against my ex and get the independent case examiner involved to get them to stop taking money out of my wage a process that took 18 months. It was established by ice that I had at this point made over £2000 in over payments which where to be rembersed. Unfortunately to date this has never happened why I don't know ice told them to pay it back to me but I've never been payed and with 13 years of interest how much am I owed I don't know you tell me CSA or what ever your called. In addition to this miscarage of justice my counter claim against my expartner let's go on. In these 13 years I waited and waited to receive my entitlement but no payments arrived I called the CSA an one singular payment of £5 was payed to me wow I hear you say £5 that's amazing. Well 6 months ago a letter arrives from the CSA telling me that my claim was ending as my son had reached that age knowing he was worth £5 to his mum. Then a further letter arrived from the wonderful CSA stating that my ex owed £3500 in arrears for 13years yeah I was paying that each year I know but what the hell I'm owed it now. However that was 6 months ago and I'm still waiting for my money where is CSA or CMS I would well appreciate it an while your sorting that out Ile have my overpayments back too with interest. Thank you
Stel - 23-Jan-17 @ 12:22 AM
Hi I've read so many times over again of mothers and children being abandoned and neglected by husband/boyfriend/father. It's quite soul destroying. My situation, I was married and have two beautiful children. Their father and I divorced in Canada. I returned to UK just 4 years ago as I was living in fear due to domestic abuse situation. Upon returning my ex husband stopped paying child support despite a court order being in place and a maintenance order. Some how he is escaping the enforcement rules. I've been trying for over 3 years alone to find out why? I find the Canadian authorities very unhelpful. I even spoken with the courts and they advise me to get legal representation which is an expense I can't afford. Thankfully through maintenance options they gave me advice and now I've applied to REMO which a government run agency who work within Her Majesty Court and Tribunal service who will act on your behalf to communicate with other countries. (list of countries on their website) there is no charge for this service. To my knowledge you need to have a court order in place if not they can advise you further. It's worth a chat. I now have this in progress and they do advise you it may take some time. After 7 years of being a single mum, I met what I thought was a great guy. He works in the Police Force, had a difficult divorce himself and children.What I thought to be a good relationship and family life seemed turned sour quite quickly when I became pregnant. It was unexpected as our contraception method had not gone to plan. I was happy about the baby, especially having had a miscarriage almost 18 months earlier. We had discussed having a baby at a later date. The day I gave him the news he up and left and did not return. He text me at work to say he had emptied the house of his belongings. You can imagine the emotional turmoil. Not only had he abandoned myself and his unborn baby but my two children who loved him very much. He also deprived his own children from saying goodbye. We was all very close. He has not returned despite my efforts in sending pictures of baby scans and inviting him to talk about things and to attend hospital appointments. I'm in disbelief that anyone could behave this way. Due to my sudden change in life it left me quite vulnerable. I have no family living local to me and trying to get childcare for a 9 and 11 yr old seemed impossible. After asking my boss for flexible hours or an adjustment to finish two hours early one day in the week to assist with my childcare needs. I was informed I couldn't do this and was told if I didn't fix it, I would have to leave. I lost my job, my health deteriorated and I've been suffering with a lot of stress and anxiety. Struggled to find work. Financial strains have been high. This got me thinking and feeling there was a real injustice here. How there will be many women in my situation. I've been researching into our laws and what is available fo
Ms Determined - 19-Jan-17 @ 11:45 PM
My ex hasn't paid regular maintenance payments, he would pay several months and miss months at a time. He has a debt of arrears in the thousands. My children are now grown up, iv decided to chase this debt due to his arrogance of the struggle iv had over the years to provide for my children, it's been hard. But the csa has changed was told my case will be given to the goverment how will this work?.
Jules - 19-Jan-17 @ 5:43 PM
jen - Your Question:
My ex Husband never paid for 5 years and last year I found out where he was working and the csa starting collection. Recently he left his job and his wife has gone to work instead. I've been told he hasn't got to pay the £3000 arrears until he gets a job. Is there anything I can do about claiming this back?

Our Response:
I'm afraid there is little you can do regarding this if your ex is not 'earning' and paying tax via the HMRC as child maintenance is based upon your ex's earnings, but not his wifes.
ChildSupportLaws - 19-Jan-17 @ 2:05 PM
Wifey - Your Question:
My husband and his ex had a voluntary arrangement, that he thought the CSA were aware of, that rather than pay through them he would physically go out and purchase all uniform, shoes, sports equipment etc. and pay for school trips. He has been honouring this consistently and believed the CSA were aware. Now after more than six years of hearing nothing he has had a letter from the CMS stating that he owes over £14,000 in arrears more than half of that to the Secretary of State. He has asked his ex to remind them of the voluntary agreement but she refuses and has now said she's decided that she never reached an agreement! How do we start to deal with this?

Our Response:
I'm afraid you would have to complain/appeal, see gov.uk link here.
ChildSupportLaws - 19-Jan-17 @ 1:50 PM
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