Dear CSA, You Stink.
The new CSA arrangements are that single parents must come to a maintenance agreement with their child’s absent parent “amicably” or face a charge.
were the csa, (useless organisation, who answer to nobody) set up to deliver a service to single parents who could not get hold of their absent ex partners, or am I mistaken at this point.. Why did they not just leave it as it was in the good old days, and let the courts decide, but then the government would not get a cut I assume.. Somebody I know was receiving payments until her ex lost his job
It's a right mess, isn't it. I did some work on this for an article and couldn't believe what I was reading. The Government reasoning for bringing this in is to coax parents into making private agreements - but really, they need to recoup the £90m per year cost to the taxpayer that the CSA was leaking.<br /><br />The support infrastructure for the CMA is not yet in place, and won'
I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I hope it can all get worked out for you. I don't know the particulars of the law, since I'm in the states, but i can tell you it's equally rubbish here. My husbands ex hasn't paid a dime in close to 10 years and he also doesn't feel like poking that demon, so he's just not doing anything, and even though I tell him that money is not for us it's for the child, he still feels we're better off leaving sleeping crazies lie. Lissette recently posted...Friday Funday 12: Featured Post by Nourishing My Scholar – Our Family Hike Along the River
The whole system was almost criminally mismanaged. I was married twice, and sadly divorced twice. First marriage ended, gave husband's details to CSA when asked. He simply ignored their letters. I found out a year later, after 6 months of silence from him, they suspended my case. I pointed out to them that they had his home address, his work address and his phone numbers, and that they were all current. I knew this as our child visited him most weeks. Despite this, the CSA never contacted me again, nor got a penny from my ex. Fast forward 6 years, second marriage ended. Husband left the country, remarried a native of his new country and became a citizen thereof. CSA has no authority there. I have written to them twice to let them know this, to save them wasting money writing to him and/or me. But 15 years later still I get letters from them to tell me his contribution has been assessed as zero pounds! What a waste of public money! Anyway, I hope your situation improves, but I'm not very optimistic judging on the track record of our political overlords...
Thanks.I tend to feel like I don't want anything from him any way, and only set the claim up on the insistence of my health visitor that he should be held accountable. But £20 is not really doing much to hold him accountable for anything is it - it's just one less Chinese takeaway a month for him.