Ex moved to Australia yet still claims CSA from me

November 22, 2012

My ex wife (now re-married) has moved to Australia, and taken our child.

I thought that once she had removed herself from the UK, I no longer had liabilities to pay child maintenance through the CSA.

As I hadn’t heard from the CSA, I contacted them, only to discover that the ex hadn’t informed them she had left the country. The CSA then said they would need to investigate in order to establish that she was indeed outwith the UK. I received a call from the CSA, after several weeks, to be told that I was to continue paying. The CSA informed me that my case could be reviewed again in 6 months time.

I believe that the reason for this, is that my ex has claimed to the CSA that her stay in Australia may only be temporary, which I know not to be true.

Is there anywhere I can go with this?


4 Responses to “Ex moved to Australia yet still claims CSA from me”

  1. Alice on November 22nd, 2012 8:14 pm

    If your ex has told the CSA that the move is temporary and she has maintained a UK base then the case will have to remain open. Has your ex kept her uk home? Is she still claiming Child Benefit? If you believe that she is claiming CB when not entitled to you can report this to the CB office and they will investigate this as a fraudulent claim, if the CB claim ceases so does your liability for child maintenance. I do not know what the criteria is for CB, but the CB office will be able to advise further.

  2. stuart mitchell on November 24th, 2012 2:08 pm

    So Alice if the claim for child benefit ceases, and then so does the liability, why will the CSA not refund the 2 years payments made for the time the child did not live with the mother? as the CB was claimed by somebody else. The CSA continued taking payments for 2 years and now will not refund the money.

  3. J. Willis on November 24th, 2012 5:51 pm

    Man up and stop looking for ways to stop supporting your child.

  4. Peter masson on November 27th, 2012 5:24 pm

    I’ve been paying maintenance to my ex for nearly 16 years but haven’t seen my sons for 15 years, as they would go missing when it was my access time. To cut a very long and painful story short, I now only pay for one son, who was 18 last February . I contacted the CSA to be told that he was in further education and to call again in September. This I did, to be told in November he was still in education and to call next February when he’s 19 to find out if I’ve to pay til he’s 20, if child benefit is still being paid !!!!!
    This completely hit me for 6 and after a few days I contacted the CSA advice line, and the lady said that payment in my case would probably end on his 19th but if the rules change they could still come after me once my file had been closed.
    I then wrote to my MP asking for clarification who in turn wrote to the CSA . They replied but typically , didn’t answer the question other than to say new cases would pay til the child is 20.
    Basically the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and getting an honest answer from this lot is virtually impossible ! And I’m none the wiser until I phone them on his 19th .
    The question is, why is child benefit being paid to 20 year old adults?? The world has gone completely mad .i’ve done what’s morally right maintenance wise, but why don’t they have the decency to write to the NRPS and inform them as adults of any changes, instead of treating us as cash machines with no other living costs?? JUST TREAT ME WITH A LITTLE RESPECT,

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