Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers
DAD.info | Family | Child Maintenance Options | CSA | What happens if you stop paying

What happens if you stop paying

FMI1

FMI1

If you’re tempted not to pay, you need to weigh up the consequences, which can be severe:

•    Each month, the CSA issues over 5,500 new deduction from earnings orders or deduction orders (where child maintenance is forcibly taken out of a parent’s wages or bank account).

•    Last year 10,000 cases were referred to bailiffs to seize assets from parents who hadn’t paid what they owed.  Plus, over 1000 parents were sent to prison for evading their child maintenance responsibilities.

•    Recently introduced powers also allow the CSA to ask the courts to reverse transfers of cash and the sale of property or other assets if they were made with the intention of evading maintenance debts.  

We understand that things are often tough for parents living apart from their children. But it’s important to stay on top of your payments and treat them as one of your priority outgoings, for your own sake:

•         Parents with Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA’s) or who are bankrupt must still pay their child maintenance debt and it can even be claimed against a deceased person’s estate. It’s classed as a priority debt because it’s not about purchases or profits but is needed to support a child.

•         The CSA is only obliged to leave parents with just over half their income for themselves. So child maintenance can end up costing 40% of everything you earn for as long as it takes to clear the debt.

The best way to avoid these measures is to make sure you don’t get into child maintenance debt in the first place. Speak to the CSA and other organisations that are there to help you manage your money.  Hopefully you’ll find a solution that means you and your children are both financially secure.

You can find contact details for your local office here.

A DADs Guide to CSA continued

Understanding how the CSA works

If you think your CSA Payments are unfair

What to do if you can’t make payments

Alternatives to the CSA

Free Expert Help

Visit our DAD Talk forum today to find free advice and guidance from our Child Maintenance Experts.

Click here to visit the forum and post your query

Related entries

Alternatives to the CSA

Alternatives to the CSA

If you’re really not happy with how the CSA works, then perhaps it is worth considering making alternative arrangements... The CSA will only ever become involved at the request of either parent and all parents are free to make a family-based arrangement. This is...

Alternatives to the CSA

What to do if you can’t make CSA payments

A few tips for when things go wrong with CSA payments...   The information below is relevant to CSA cases. The CSA has now been replaced by the Child Maintenance Service. For information on CMS please see our section HERE   Contact the CSA You...

Alternatives to the CSA

If you think your payments are unfair

At DAD, we speak to lots of separated parents who feel that they are treated unfairly, especially around child maintenance...   “I never see my kids so I don’t have to pay child maintenance..” Under child support law, contact with your children and parental...

Latest entries

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

Can I watch Squid Game with my kids?

The news is buzzing with stories of children reenacting scenes from the hit Netflix show Squid Game. Kids as young as 6 have seen enough of the violent series to be 'playing' it on the playground, and there are reports of children being hurt. The story of the series,...

The value of praise

The value of praise

As parents we all want to raise happy, confident children. Receiving praise is an important part of boosting their self esteem, and giving it in the right way is important. Look beyond achievements and focus elsewhere Firstly, it's important to look beyond winning or...

Pin It on Pinterest