They’re taking money without any DNA evidence?

December 2, 2013

Some years ago I was made aware of a 15 year old boy who may have been mine.the mother who I have no recollection of has told the CSA the child is mine. apparently I am on the birth certificate. the

CSA are taking monies off me for this child without having any DNA proof, solely on this woman’s word. how are they allowed to do this? I have since asked for a DNA test to be carried out through the CSA but they have said that the case has been ongoing for to long for this to be made possible.is this true?

Comments

  • Dave Darby says:

    I’m afraid that they will presume that you are the father until you can prove DNA evidence to say you are not.
    You need to push for this DNA test and then, if the child comes back as not being yours, make sure you take the necessary steps to recover the money you’ve already paid.

  • Lisa says:

    Even though the case has been ongoing for a while you are entitled to a DNA test, you need to get through to the Falkirk office, they are the team that deal with paternity issues, if you were not married to the mother or haven’t gone with her to register your name on the birth cert the chances are your name isn’t on it, the CSA do take the mothers word for it that you are the father and you have to really push them to get this DNA test done, we have a group on Facebook called child support agency ripoffs join us we can show you how this done, when your case first opened years ago they will have written to you to ask if you are the father, even if the mother have a “confident address” regardless of you living there because you didn’t reply they will have assumed paternity, but it’s still possible to get this done, you also need to apply for your data file this will show what addresses they have held for you and details of the mother n child etc, never take no for answer, if your adamant this child isn’t yours you need to prove it and quickly before they rob you off any more money

  • Lisa says:

    ■Then the next thing you must do is order your data prints, you need to send the agency a £10 postal order made out to the Child Support Agency. Then you will send that with the pre written letter and address below. Please remember to add your details too.

    The Child Support Agency Data Protection Unit

    Room BP6002

    DWP Benton Park View

    Longbenton

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE98 1YX.

    Date NI number

    CSA Case Ref

    I am requesting you to send me the information to which I am entitled to under Section 7(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998.

    I request ALL computer and clerical records and recordings of telephone calls emails etc to which I am entitled, and would ask that the notepad sections of the computer files are dated.

    As you are aware you have 40 consecutive days upon receipt of my request to furnish me with the information I require.

    If you need further information from me, or a fee, please let me know as soon as possible.

    If you do not normally handle these requests for your organisation, please pass this letter to your Data Protection Officer or another appropriate official.

    Yours sincerely

  • Lisa says:

    Paternity – New Application

    PWC contacts agency asking to open case – details are taken accordingly

    NRP is contacted – initial attempts are by phone if number available, if no answer or no number available NRP will be send MEF (Maintenance Enquiry Form) along with covering letter stating name of PWC and name of QC(s). NRp will be asked if they accept paternity of QC(s) named in the PWC’s application

    1. If NRP accepts of child(ren) case is opened.

    2. If NRP denies paternity on initial MEF on MEF call or MEF form NRP will be offered DNA testing for QC(s) – this can be only, all or some (exceptions to this is where QC(s) are adopted. New App team will refer case to Complex Case Worker and DNA test(s) will be referred to Cellmark – Cellmark will contact NRP and PWC to make arrangements for tests to be carried out. NRP will be required to attend a specified medical facility (may be their own GP) and must present photographic ID. Tests are taken and sent to Cellmark lab. Results are supplied to CSA.

    If NRP is proven to be the biological parent the case will be opened and an assessment for CM will be progressed and the NRP will be held liable for regular maintenance back to the Initial Effective Date (the date the NRP was first contacted by the CSA).

    If the NRP is proven not to be the biological parent of the only QC named in the application the case will be closed, the PWC cannot re-apply for this child and this NRP at any point.

    If the NRP is proven not to be the biological parent of 1 or some of the QCs in the application the child(ren) who are proven not to be the biological children of the NRP will be removed the case will remain open to include QC(s) who have been proven to be the biological child(ren) of the NRP, NRP will be liable for RM of any QC proven to be the biological child(ren) of the NRP. The NPR will be held liable for the cost of DNA test(s) that prove the NRP to be the biological parent of child(ren), the CSA will pay the cost of the DNA test(s) that prove the NRP not to be the biological parent of child(ren).

    If PWC refuses to allow a DNA test the case will be closed (if there is only 1 QC named) or the appropriate child(ren) will be removed from the application if there are multiple children. The PWC can re-apply naming QC(s) at a later date and the NRP will be asked again if they accept paternity of QC(s), if paternity is accepted the case will be opened and assessed, if paternity is denied DNA testing will be re-offered.

    3. If NRP accepts paternity on initial MEF call and later questions paternity NRP must advise CSA and will be advised that they are required to obtain a Declaration of Non-parentage via the courts. The CSA will not pay the costs of obtaining a Declaration of Non-parentage.

    If a Declaration of Non-parentage is obtained the case will be closed – or the appropriate QC will be removed from the case.

    If a Declaration of Non-parentage is not supplied to the CSA the case will remain open. Liability for CM for a QC for whom NRP has obtained a Declaration of Non-parentage will cease from the date the paternity dispute is reported to the CSA, if however the NRP reports a dispute and does not take action to obtain a Declaration of Non-parentage within a reasonable time the case worker can decide to issue a refuse to review – example of which would be NRP calls CSA 1st March 2010 and states they dispute paternity of QC A, is advised to apply to court for Declaration of Non-parentage but fails to apply until 20th Nov 2010 a case officer may decide to issue a Refuse to Review letter on 30th June (these timescales are not specific). If NRP does not provide the Declaration of Non-parentage within a reasonable time but contacts the CSA to report that there are delays due to PWC not complying with the court the dispute can remain open.

    Paternity of QC(s) can be presumed on any application where the NRP does not respond to MEF calls and fails to return the MEF form. If paternity is presumed and NRP later disputes this NRP will be required to obtain a Declaration of Non-parentage via the courts.

    Paternity – re-applications

    If a PWC closes a case where paternity was previously accepted by the NRP and at a later date the PWC submits a re-application the NRP will be contacted – again initially by phone and if no response MEF form and covering letter – NRP will be asked if they accept paternity of QC(s) – paternity of a QC accepted in a previous case can be denied in a re-application.

    Paternity of QC(s) previously denied and proven via DNA testing cannot be denied on a re-app. If paternity is disputed for QC(s) on a re-application DNA testing will be offered on the same basis as paternity denied for QC(s) on a new application

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