Ex shows contempt for CSA by not paying

January 1, 2012

My son was born in 1999. For the past 12 years we have received no inancial support from his absent father.

I first contacted the CSA to find out if they could help me to claim child support from his absent father when my son was a toddler. When his absent father was found to be in work and that he should be paying child support he gave up his job and went on the sick with a bad back. At that time unemployed people did not contribute. I was left the same way as I started – without child support.

When the rules changed I contacted the CSA to find out whether my son’s absent father should be paying the minimum amount from his benefits, I was advised that i would be better to start a new claim under the new rules. By this time my son was in primary school. We still got no help.

This year in August I contacted the CSA as my son was about to start secondary school. They found out that my son’s absent father was in employment and after 2 months of paperwork between his employer and the CSA I was told that we were entitled to child support from his wages. I was told how much it would be and that it would start in November 2011.

It is now nearly Christmas on december 2011 and we have had no child support. I contacted the CSA and was told that his absent father has been non compliant and that they issued further forms at the end of November to take the payments directly from his absent father’s wages. This could take 6-8 weeks so I should expect to receive payments from January 2011. Thats 6 months of me phoning and chasing up the situation with the CSA. They have never cntacted me to let me know anything it has been me contacting them.

What really annoys me is that the CSA know where he works and could easily find out how long he has worked there yet we are not entitled to claim any arrears from when he started working. It only starts from when I contacted the CSA in August 2011.

My son is 12 and we have had no child support the whole time. Even when the rules changed we did not get the minimum amount rom his benefits.

I think if an absent parent does not pay then the arrears should be ongoing until they are paid of. It is not good enough to expect the responsible parent to chase up the claim with the CSA year after year if your child is already on the system. My son’s absent father is showing contempt for the system by non payment and this is wrong he should be fined.


  • karen bedford says:

    The rules are wrong and unjust and there are so many of us who have suffered and still suffering due to this incompetent organisation that has never helped from day one – at least the court system worked for some while the csa hardly works at all! Please join the facebook groups Child support agencies failings and others for advice and support.

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