My life would be fine if it weren’t for the CSA
March 9, 2013
The sooner it shuts the better.
In September 2008 i informed my ex girlfriend i was starting work. 2 Minutes later the CSA was on the phone. Gave all the details had no problem with this. At the time I had 3 children living with me 2 biological and 1 step daughter (no csa payments received for the step daughter. At first the CSA told me i didn’t have to pay for my Son as they lived in Germany. (Ex girlfriend married a soldier and were posted to Germany.) Approx 6 months later i was informed by the CSA that i was over £1000 in arrears. After a lot of arguing with a James Delaney from the CSA it was agreed that the arrears would be deferred until my Son was 17. About a year later 2010 the CSA informed me they would be taking an additional £50 a month to pay these arrears. I didn’t argue it as i just wanted it paid.
Moving on to present day.
In September 2010 my wife at the time and i seperated. My eldest daughter went back to living with her mother (child from my first marrage) My youngest stayed with her Mum along with her step sister.
From this point I payed the mother of my eldest daughter monthly for child support and my wife that i separated from. I also continued to pay for CSA obligations including the back pay.
In August 2012 i changed jobs, i informed CSA of this change so not to disrupt the money being paid via CSA. As it turns out i never changed my address in 2010 or informed the CSA that i was no longer living with the other children. I was happy for the CSA to review everything. Quite simply i have been paying 3 lots of payments so supporting my 3 children, 1 via CSA and the other 2 via our own agreements.
CSA are now currently reviewing my case. They say as far as they are concerned my private agreements that i have had since 2010 don’t mean squat. Although i can prove payment with bank statements they wont take this in to account. They are now accessing one child from 2010 and i will have to pay arrears. Apparently the only way i could of made a private arrangement is with a court order or by going through the CSA. Why would i want to go through the CSA. I did all i could at the beginning or my claim and they cocked it up. I want as little to do with these people as possible. How can they not take into consideration that i have 3 children that need child support and that i have been paying for all 3 since 2010. They are about to deny 2 children their maintenance because they dont deal with it. They party that is likly to recieve 2k ish in arrears and are a working family. While the 2 other children living with single mothers and receiving benefits will now receive nothing as i face large arrears payment.
The only option i see now and a route i feel forced to take is to ask the 2 mothers i have private agreements with to go through CSA and basically make a claim form September 2010.
The CSA has caused me nothing but problems everything would be fine if they were not involved. They put me in debt only care about the money that goes through their system. I found out that after i make a payment it takes 2 weeks for the Mum to receive her money. I wonder how much revenue the CSA has generated in interest for itself and or the treasury.
I would like to talk to someone about the legalities of this case and my options but i have no idea who is independent and who actually know the law regarding the CSA who doesn’t actually work for the CSA. Sorry for ranting but i’m am extremely stressed by the whole thing.