Child Support Agency crackdown

Year Published: 2011

A father who has failed to pay child maintenance for his daughter for more than 16 years has had a record-breaking single payment of £108,000 forcibly deducted from his bank account. The father refused to respond to letters and calls from the Child Support Agency (CSA). Investigators used powers which require banks to open up the accounts of indebted parents and in doing so found enough money in his account to repay his entire debt.

In another case a mother from London has received more than £20,000 from an ex-partner who refused to pay for his child for eight years. The money was taken from his bank account via a lump sum deduction order.

The recent events show the CSA are getting tough on parents who fail to support their children.  There is currently an estimated £3.7 billion owed in unpaid child maintenance. The Work and Pensions Minister, Maria Miller, has indicated they are prepared to go as far as selling parents’ homes from underneath them if the do not face their responsibilities in relation to child maintenance.

If you have an issue relating to child maintenance responsibilities, please contact Shelley Chesworth in our Family team on 0161 475 7682.

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