CSA taking money even though I cannot be the father

January 3, 2011

About 18 years ago a woman I was seeing claimed 2 weeks after I slept with her that she was pregnant.

I did not sleep with this woman until mid March and the child was born at the end of October.when I took her for the first scan they told her how many weeks ahe was pregnant and it worked out to around 4 to 5 weeks before I had slept with her so I finished with her.

When the child was born the CSA got involved and we had 2 DNA tests 1 at 92% and 1 at 94% (which I am told are very low DNA results).
we went to court and I had my legal aid stopped so could noy continue to fight the CSA.

Even though they had no evidence that the child was mine and the fact that the dates did not add up the CSA have taken up to now about £16,000 off me and claim I owe them another £10,000 even though they were sent all the information from 1998 to 2002 they claim to have not recieved it and assesed me at £62 per week. I cannot now prove my outgoings and income from 1998 to 2002 so they say it is my fault and I may still owe this ammount.

I have now applied to the court for the CSA to either do an up to date DNA test (I asked them to do this but they refused telling me go to court)or provide evidence that the child is mine.

I have got my hearing on December 16th but even though I have asked them to suspend payments until the hearing is over they refuse. They are on the brink of making me unemployed as my outgoings excluding food and fuel to work are £1504 (this is just household bills and pension) yet they only leave me with £1626 in my wages per month.

My fuel to work is £120 per month (which has not been taken into account as they claim I do not do enough miles as the crow flies even though it is a 35 mile round trip per day.

I have also asked to be reassesed as I feel they have done the assesment wrong but 2 months on they are still stalling claiming not to have recieved information or it is still in the system.

I am at a loss as to what I can do now and need some advice if anyone can help.

Whatever happened to British justice where you are innocent until proven guilty it seems that any woman can claim you are the father of a child and unless you can prove otherwise you will have to pay? I am sure there are other people who cannot afford court cases or DNA tests just like me and have been stiched up.my advice is beg or borrow the money needed if you have any doubts it will be worth it.


  • Brokenfather says:

    What a strange result.

    I though it could only be 0% or 99.9%.

  • Juliet-Amber Jolliffe says:

    What is your relationship with the child who is now an adult? Isn't he/she curious to know if you really are the father? The child/adult is now of an age to be able to go with you to get a DNA test once and for all and give you both some peace. Good luck.

  • Pauline Brown says:

    The test states it was over 90% percent match which means there is a probability the child is yours, do another test with Cellmark, or Bioscience and the CSA also have a list of DNA testing companies who they recognise, the list is non their website, will post link. Like Juliet states go with the young man and sort it between you as he is an adult now who can go with you without the mother`s interference and all will be revealed. Good luck

  • Pauline Brown says:

    http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/paternitytesting.htm This is the link and good luck again!

  • Sylvia Dunai says:

    Surely there must be a fair chance that you are the child's father because if the woman got preggo in the middle of March and the baby was born in late October, she was about 7 months pregnant or 7.5 and probably the baby was born premature then.Why would the CSA deduct so much money from you if you are NOT the father? I am not a paternity test expert but 94% is a high percentage in my opinion. You had two DNA tests done, both results were above 90% so you are very likely to be the father.Also you did not say a single word about whether you were seeing the child , whether you had any sort of relationship with him/her.18years are a long time, the child is now an adult so you don't need the mother's permission for another DNA test but I have a funny feeling it will also come back with an above 90% result.

  • Charmaine Leworthy says:

    Pauline I would like more info on the CSAs policy with regards to paternity issues and DNA testing specifically (for professional purposes) would you mind if I sent you a private message asking you a few questions??

  • Pauline Brown says:

    @ Charmaine Yes, please do:) Give me a minute as i have to change my privacy settings and will message in a minute

  • Pauline Brown says:

    Okey dokey, all done message awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy:)

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