No-one will tell me if daughter is still in college and whether I still need to pay CSA

September 7, 2018

My daughter is 19 and told me she was not going back to college. She has failed GCSE English for 3 years in a row. She told me she was not allowed to finish her course. She is on a 2 year level 3 Health and Social care course. She repeated the first year and led me to believe she failed again. I do not know if she did, she won’t show or discuss any results with me. So I stopped my CSA payments.

Then the CSA contacted me saying she is still at College. They said her mother says she is doing another year at College. I have paid up due to charges/fines etc. They said it is up to me to prove she is not in college. That I need to continue to pay. However if I over pay they will not refund me any over payment and I would need to approach my ex wife. However my daughter and ex wife won’t communicate with me over the matter. I have contacted the College who will not tell me whether she is registered with them on a course due to data protection. I do not know what to do. I can’t find out the truth and on the word of one woman (whom I know well when it comes to money, I overpaid for 18 months with my son. She told me I had to pay whilst he was on an apprenticeship and I believed her at the time – money is very tight for me on minimum wage.


  • David Joseph says:

    Hi Colin

    If you have parental responsibility for your child, you have the right to school reports and to make enquires about their schooling. If there are doubts about whether your daughter is at school/college the CSA should make enquires about it. How dare they say they would not be paying back overpayments if they turn out to be wrong?

    Your ex-partner has a legal obligation to notify a change in circumstances but often these parents will not do that. They are never penalised and shows the incredible bias in the system.

    If you wish to contact me, please do so at [email protected]


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