Will receiving child maintenance affect tax credits?

April 9, 2021

My step daughter is currently living with my husband and I. She is 39 and has two girls aged 2 and 4. She is working full time. Her husband is currently in Scotland. They separated last autumn. My step daughter tells me that if she seeks maintenance from the father she will be deducted by that amount from her benefit which I think is some form of tax credits. Is this correct. If it is and the father doesn’t contribute then the tax payer is paying instead. She says that currently she gets 85 percent towards child care which will be affected if she seeks maintenance from the father.

Child maintenance: total incompetence from CSA!

April 8, 2021

Now after 2 1/2 months this is a total joke.

Started off with covid I lost work, For a start I was not claiming as my partner was working, then she lost work so we got universal credit.

I started paying my ex on payment direct as I have done for the previous 3 years. Then I get a letter saying I owe nearly a thousand pound, after many threatening messages sent by them , pay within 3 days , and the other iff you do not make your payment we will take you to court and seize your assets, finally after numerous calls they finally agree that the amount is wrong and I have in fact overpaid, but it will have to go to collect and pay.
Many more calls later bank details gave to them for my refund which I never received they agree for me to pay direct payment which I am already paying for less than I’m paying but now I’m £80 in areas.
In the meantime as me paying maintenance direct, they are taking money on collect and pay through universal credit.
The whole system is a disgrace, they are incompetent, if there’s any advice? At present I am waiting yet another call from them.

CSA sent me to prison and still expected me to pay!

April 1, 2021

23yrs ago, ex accepted £27,500 as settlement of divorce. CSA got involved and you cannot imagine the amount of paperwork you have to fill in back then, you always felt it was a waste of time as they never seem to take much notice of you circumstance’s. however agreement was reached for weekly payment, always keep up to date. ex appealed, turned down, ex appealed again, turned down. independent hearing ex turned down. whilst this was ongoing, ex always withheld my access to the two children awarded by the courts, she was warned that the CSA should not be used to stop access.

my solicitor provided all documentation to prove the payments were up to date, it was the CSA that had not paid her. From then on it just went out of control the CSA were in a different world, claiming that the arrears were now £78,000 when i believe if my memory is correct based on a weekly income of about £250 per week. The CSA claim to have a protected income rate, so that you have enough to live on this was and is utter nonsense. When they deducted monies from wages, left me £130 below their protected earnings rate, As this would mean my out goings were more than my income and the CSA were not interested and would never accept their claim of £78,000 left the UK.

10yrs ago CSA said I would go to prison if I did not pay £42,000 went to prison for the maximum 6wks. Didn’t know at the time that if you are a murderer or rapist, when you come out of prison you are a free man, not so the CSA, you still owe the money. This is why the CSA is set up so wrong, in their Ivory towers lost all reason with the real world. They want you to pay, how do you earn in prison, threaten to take away driving license, probaly no work