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Seeking Child Support Representation

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 3 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Child Support Agency Non Resident Parent

Applying for Child Support appears to be a simple enough process. Parents with care can provide relevant details online or directly to Child Support Agency (CSA) staff on the telephone. Occasionally though securing maintenance from a child’s parent can prove to be a difficult and lengthy process, and parents with care may decide to seek help in collecting child support.

Seeking Help

Assistance can be sought for tracing non resident parents, Appeals and Tribunals hearings, Variation Orders and Departure Directions, Voluntary Maintenance payments, Paternity disputes and any other problem that a parent with care may present that stops them receiving maintenance they are entitled to.

Expert advice is available to any individual who is experiencing problems with the Child Support Agency (CSA). Administration problems can often result in families experiencing payment shortage, delay, arrears, compensation claims etc and can cause a down-turn in finances and further problems. By seeking expert advice a parent can begin to deal with any problems, and achieve resolution much sooner.

How It Works

A company offering parents representation will generally offer unlimited telephone consultations, a letter drafting facility, and assistance with form filling. This type of service will typically be available to a parent for a 12 month period, and the advice given is personalised to the client’s requirements. Complex child support cases can also be handled.

A Case Manager will be allocated to a parent, and this person will be expected to take full charge of the client’s case. The representative will liaise with the Child Support Agency, on behalf of the parent, and will also deal with any Tribunals representation. The legal expert will be able to explain the course of action that is required in order to resolve outstanding issues.

An arrears checking service is also available. This service helps parents handle correspondence relating to late payments, private debt recovery and enforcement action.

What Does Representation Cost?

A fixed one-time payment is generally required. This amount is agreed before work on a parent’s case commences, and does not affect the amount or detail of work involved in achieving case resolution. In other words, no further payment is required no matter how complex a case becomes or how lengthy the process is. A legal representative will act on a parent’s behalf and will rectify problems that are causing financial difficulties.

What Service Do You Get For Your Money?

This type of legal service provider offers direct contact with the Child Support Agency (CSA); telephone consultation services, where the parent can talk confidentially about matters concerning their financial situation; physical representation in court and an assigned Case Manager who will work with the parent on their individual case.

Do You Need Help?

If you are a parent with care, non resident parent, are experiencing problems receiving or paying maintenance, require assistance with Appeals Tribunals, are a parent involved in a paternity dispute, or have suffered loss due to the Child Support Agency’s administrative problems independent legal representation may be of great help to you.

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Nazi - Your Question:
M in need how to get connect wid u?want custody of my 4 years daughter, m Muslim n converted my wife to Muslim in 2013, I did all the expenses of my child till date but now my wife and his family not allowing to meet my daughter or not even allowing to talk wid her, she is born n bought up in Muslim family, how it will work den? plz help me, as her schools are also missing.We are still not divorced.

Our Response:
It is unlikely you would be granted 'custody' unless you have been the general day-to-day primary carer of your child to date, or there is a good reason why you should be awarded residency of your child. Likewise, you would not be allowed to apply to court for residency, unless you have considered trying to resolve your issues via mediation first. If your ex refuses to attend mediation, or you cannot sort your issues out via mediation, then you would be allowed to apply to court. As in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the child in question. The court will always put the child’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order. If you are unsure of your rights, you may wish to seek professional legal advice.
ChildSupportLaws - 3-Nov-17 @ 2:22 PM
m in need how to get connect wid u? want custody of my 4 years daughter, m Muslim n converted my wife to Muslim in 2013, I did all the expenses of my child till date but now my wife and his family not allowing to meet my daughter or not even allowing to talk wid her, she is born n bought up in Muslim family, how it will work den? plz help me, as her schools are also missing. We are still not divorced.
Nazi - 3-Nov-17 @ 5:13 AM
Believeinnameandsham - Your Question:
My ex is in arrears at £10,000 and is putting in fake accounts to the tax office and currently taking the csa to court on Thursday this week, if he looses he's case to only have arrears back dated to last year, can I take him to court for lump sum payment to clear arrears as he has properties etc and cash in the bank?

Our Response:
Child maintenance is only paid through earnings, not assets. If you wanted to take the matter to court you would have to be able to prove that his lifestyle wasn't in accordance with the amount he is declaring i.e he lives an affluent lifestyle i.e holidays, nice cars, properties etc, etc all funded by himself when declaring minimum earnings. The courts would then look at his accounts more closely. It can be very difficult to prove, therefore you would have to be sure you could and I suggest you seek legal advice before you decided to take this course of action.
ChildSupportLaws - 14-Sep-16 @ 10:36 AM
My ex is in arrears at £10,000 and is putting in fake accounts to the tax office and currently taking the csa to court on Thursday this week, if he looses he's case to only have arrears back dated to last year, can I take him to court for lump sum payment to clear arrears as he has properties etc and cash in the bank?
Believeinnameandsham - 13-Sep-16 @ 11:42 AM
Stressedout - Your Question:
I'm also at the end of my tether and about to give up hope of any justice at all. I got nothing through the CSA as my sons father slipped through their fingers. Please can you recommend any representative, or a very good company that can help me, thank you.

Our Response:
It is very difficult to advise on this due to the fact your husband has been given a 'nil' assessment, meaning; as the CSA specifies, unless the CSA or you can prove otherwise then it is difficult to mount a case. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend individual representatives, however, if you still wish to pursue this route, you could try through the Citizens Advice Bureau.
ChildSupportLaws - 19-Oct-15 @ 10:23 AM
I'm also at the end of my tether and about to give up hope of any justice at all. I got nothing through the CSA as my sons father slipped through their fingers. Please can you recommend any representative, or a very good company that can help me, thank you.
Stressedout - 18-Oct-15 @ 1:00 AM
How do I engage this legal help?Could you please recommend a good company/representative? I am at the end of my tether now regarding my ex-husband's disregard for his responsibility to pay to support his children.He stopped paying regularly through the CSA last August.There were then no payments at all for 5 months, something only happening when I made an official complaint.He then agreed to pay contributions of £50 (83p each per child per day, wow!) to pay of an arrears amount of only £500.He did this for 6 months and, during this time,was assessed by the CSA in April as 'nil assessment'.Last week, at the end of July, he cancelled his £50 direct debit and I am, once again, in limbo.The CSA aren't much help and tell me it's my responsibility to prove that he is earning money cash in hand....he lives 50 miles away and I am too busy working and bringing up my children to play detective. Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated!
High Morality - 4-Aug-13 @ 7:08 PM
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