Can the CSA go back 15 years for money
September 21, 2012
2 weeks ago I had a letter from the CSA telling me that they had already tried to take £72.00 per week from my employer for my 26 year old son, when I contated them they said they had sent me several letters dating back to 2006, however I have not received anything from them since 2002 when they said my case was closed, they told me that they are claiming for the period of Dec 1997 to April 1999, my son was actually living with me during this period, I was told that I would have to prove this by getting information from the child benefit office.
I contacted the child benefit office who told me that they delete all records after 5 years, the only proof that I have is court case documentation, which they will not except.
I was told by the citizens advice bureau that there is a cut off period of 6 years, however when I informed the CSA of this they said this would only count if I was unemployed or self employed, I also asked them if I refused to pay would they take me to court, which I would willingly like to do and was told they don’t have to take me to court as they can stop my money at source.
Can they really go back 15 years? I was under the impression that the law in this country states that you are innocent until proved guilty, obviously not in this case, also why have they not asked my ex husband to prove that my son was living with him?
As I am sure he would be unable to.