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Child Maintenaince and Ineffectual Division
CSA Child Support Agency
Member Name: Soulpole79
CSA Child Support Agency
I am a single father with 3 children, with the same ex-partner, of which one lives with me full time and the other two 40% of it. My ex has to date refused to pay her maintenance and this has resulted in a Deduction from Earnings Order - as most will know this is when her wages are legally deducted by the amount she owes in maintenance payments. However, since day 1 of this arrangement, her employer has not once paid what they are supposed to pay nor have they paid on time.
Every single month I phone as the payment is later than their deadline of 19th of each month (3 weeks after the deduction was made) and I usually don't get it until the 4th or 5th week and when I do get it, it is substantially lower than the schedule states it should be.
When they get questioned about this they claim a change of circumstances has altered the schedule, but they never back this up with evidence nor do the alert the CSA to the change, they generally wait until a month or two later when they are asked to explain. My ex is now at a stage in arrears that 40% of her wages (the max. legal amount) should be paid to clear the balance.
The CMaED threaten them with court action and legal sanction month after month but have yet to follow through. After nearly two years I thought we had a result when I was told a Criminal Compliance (CCT) case was going to run, which effectively was going to bring the employer to court for non-payment in breach of the law. Yet again though, this was "postponed" as a new change of circumstances was claimed. I was furious and asked what it was - my ex was apparently working less hours and therefore the schedule was wrong. Now, a CCT cannot run apparently, if an outstanding change of circumstances exists so I would have though to back this up the employer would be expected to demand evidence, and given the nature of the claimed change, surely a simple print-out of recent payslips faxed or posted would take a matter of days at worst. Two months have since passed and not one shred of evidence has been sent OR EVEN ASKED FOR AGAIN.
So, when I called today to find out why not, I was assured that they would send out threatening letters to the employer - the same threatening letters that have been sent out a multitude of times over the last year or two. I'm sure this time it will send shockwaves through their hearts.
Do your job CMaED - ENFORCE payment.
Summary: The system is flawed with too much fear of pushing matters that should be pushed.
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