What if I can’t afford to pay the CSA?

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11 Responses to “What if I can’t afford to pay the CSA?”

  1. Simon on January 20th, 2011 3:56 pm

    Simple one really

    My ex-wife refused to accept my maintenance payments for my children as paart of an access dispute. A year later, through the court process I started to try and get access by, she made a CSA claim for maintenance, even though she originally refused my money!

    Anyway, getting to the Point, the CSA have now made their assessment and I cannot afford it due to my other financial commitments (I’m not talking about a lavish lifestyle, just rent, food, essential bills).

    What do I do, where do I stand? I know the CSA comes first, bit this now leaves me about £300 p.m. short. It Does doesn’t seem fair that they just base their assessment on how much I earn. I earn a good wage, but because of where I live, living costs are high. I have arrears of £900 which they agreed to spread over a year but even without the arrears I cannot afford the payments.

  2. Emma on September 19th, 2011 11:15 am

    Hi, my boyfriend is having a similar problem. He has no issue paying the csa, however taking into consideration cost of living the payments are far too high. His ex has never wanted money off him before but all of a sudden has got the csa involved and now he owes back payments. But same as you even the basic cost is going to cripple us financially. We’re renting atm and i’m not sure we’re going to be able to even afford that anymore, let alone buy somewhere eventually loike we’ve had planned. Just wondering really if you sorted this at all?

  3. Amanda jones on May 18th, 2013 4:09 pm

    Hi csa said I had to pay 40 per cent of my wages which I couldn’t afford I was behind with all my bills owed money everywhere I was suicidal they wouldn’t help me at all I eventually had my house repossessed and moved into a tiny flat still paying csa most of my money I was on the edge of ending it all I begged and pleaded with them with no sympathy at all from them , I eventually had to move back in with my parents at age 45 . I have now remarried and csa just kept putting the payments up putting a strain on my new marriage I eventually gave up my job I had trained years to do and which I loved and now have no income and my husband supports me it was the only way to get them off my back ..I had shared custody of my kids and because he was unemployed he lied and said I only had them one day a week just to get money from me they believed him not me even though I sent receipts for payments I made to him csa shoud be ashamed

  4. michael on September 4th, 2013 5:54 pm

    were do I stand if I have had a week of sick,im struggling to make monthly payments as it is but next payday I will be about 400 short so I know I cant make the payments due to other bills and mortgage payments

  5. David Bourne on October 29th, 2016 12:11 pm

    I’m knee deep in arrears with this shower
    Because of chargers which is not child support just the administration of …
    They have put me in debt I’ve paid asked to pay direct to my ex who refused ok deduction of earnings in 11 months they have taken £3200 and still want more
    No food no way of getting to work
    I love my kids and if I had the a descent wage money would me no object
    But I live in Britain that is corrupt for money council tax water tax TV tax road tax mot tax food and tax on petrol not only a child tax for profit ???
    How is it in the best interest of the country to punish men biological parents who want their children in their lives
    Be abused by a goverment agency for profit it’s just a scam to exploit money from the poor or low income workers
    So kids don’t need homes toys food by the discriminated parent no just we are a bank
    To give to controlling cocersive ex partners who think that they have a right to abuse us and our children
    The law should be changed on all sides to make what is best for our children’s future
    Not just to steal money right now
    Oh we’ll take your car home
    Again how is that in our children’s best interests
    Child support my be lawful but taking garnished wages is unlawful

  6. Ben senior on December 21st, 2016 3:09 am

    Hi o really need help on a few issues please I’ve broke up with ex and child maintenance are involved and they did an assessment on me based on last years tax return coz I’m self employed and I was earning good money last year with a company I worked for for 11 years but at end of last year they went into liquidation and had to find new job which now I’m earning half the amount I was but still I’m paying the same n I feel I need to quit my job to stop my arrears building up coz I have my kids twice a week so the little money I have left over I spend on then on food nappies etc and coz I’m self employed my wages vary up and down all the time one week I cud be working the next I’m not and also I’m down has living at my mums but I spend most off time at new girlfriends and she has two children and I help her out if I can so will they put that into consideration even if I’m not down has living they thankyou your advise would be greatly appreciated

  7. Simon Bolt on January 31st, 2017 10:42 am

    I could really do with help/advice/cyanide pill, any one of those will do at the moment. I’m in £27k debt, which StepChange are trying to help me with, my income is less than my outgoings, i have a 3 year old Son who’s being assessed for Autism/Aspergers and our Landlord won’t renew our tenancy, won’t tell us why and so we have to find somewhere else to live….
    I have two children with my Ex-Mistake and this new CSA firm are screwing me over massively. I was currently paying £300 a month with the old CSA but this new firm have turned up, flexed their muscles and all of a sudden they now want £500 a month from me!! The reason?…. HMRC have me earning £39,000 a year. Yeah i was, last April, but that company has gone into liquidation and i’m now scraping £32,000. But these scumbags don’t care, they have ‘Information’ on my £39k so they’re using that. It doesn’t matter that I have a dozen new payslips here, telling a different story, or about my money issues in the opening paragraph. Paying that much will cost me everything, my current relationship, my Son, any chance in affording somewhere else, everything! I thought my Ex and I were on OK terms, but now i’ve seen the real greedy, selfish, spoiled her and i’m glad we’re apart. This new CSA have FAR TOO MUCH power, they take nothing into consideration (ie, my debt and problems or the massive amount her partner earns) and you can’t turn to anyone for help or to argue against them. It’s like screaming at a brick wall. I don’t have the amount of money they are asking for and you can’t get blood out of a stone. But they are certainly going to try!!

    If anyone has any advice that can help me i’d be grateful. I obviously want to pay for my children, but i need to keep a roof over my other one too!

  8. claire on March 3rd, 2017 2:28 pm

    just read the other comments and me and my husband are in the exact same position, old csa charge us 135 a month and its now gone up to 180 a month! my husband has explained im on maternity leave and we are struggling to get by as it is! he was told that child maintenance is like council tax it has to be paid despite this most likely causing us to lose our house. i am beyond annoyed fathers have NO rights at all im starting to think the government are making it easy for some women….have a one night stand unprotected sex, hopefully get pregnant track down the dad, refuse to let them be involved knowing full well court costs and supervised visit fees will cripple them financially and eventually have to accept they cant have that child in their life and youve got a good source of income for 16-19 years! its like a sperm doner that pays you money each month! so angry my heart goes out to all of you people that are going through the same as my husband the system is warped!!!!

  9. Jai on March 24th, 2017 7:14 am

    If we all pull together I’m sure we can get our voices heard and do something about this? Maybe I’m being naive but they can’t just TAKR money.. or can they!?

  10. Gary on March 29th, 2017 6:43 pm

    Can anyone give me any advice my ex is screwing me over with csa.
    Iv had to go through an IVA to try and sort my debts out because I’m that broke iv offered to pay her £200 a month which is a lot less than I was earning but because I was made redundant I’m now earning half of what I used to earn but the csa won’t listen to a word I’m saying.
    My ex has lied about money iv give her in the past and about me having my kids over night but as far as the csa are concerned is well Mrs Ex says this so we don’t believe you.
    What am I meant to do just leave work and sign on the jsa.
    The system is a joke

  11. Sue on April 22nd, 2017 2:09 pm

    I’m sick of the csa, my husband cannot afford to work
    Full time because of the money they want, the council don’t
    Take the money into account and I think they should, for us and his ex!
    I have 6 kids who’s dad sadly passed away so no extra money for my kids, so mine are ment to go without and suffer because his ex is greedy and not even needing the extra income! Her new bloke has no kids to support and is on a high wage!
    We are happy to buy and support his kids but the payments need to be calculated properly and working out rent benefits etc! It should also be classed as a income her end!
    After all child benefit is classed as a income

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