Hello ...., I have been trying to get hold of someone at Child Maintenance now for about a week.
I have just been paid this month but I dont think I will get anywhere near as much for end of April, and who knows for May and beyond
I need to save as much of this months salary as I possible can so I can weather the storm. I have applied for mortgage holiday but I still worry that I may not have an income for 3 months. I work in events so my income longer term must also be at serious risk (the company I work for could close permanently)
In the eyes of the CMA I guess I still have to pay my ex the normal amount? Despite the fact that could bankrupt me next month?
She is also refusing to allow my two children to stay with me (i am quarantined alone and have been for 10 days now). We are 5 mins apart. She will probably ask me for even more money - rubbing salt in the wound
from dealing with CMS, they are like robots. if your jobless and have some paperwork from your employer to prove it, then they will listen to you. or if your jobless and you claim universal credit/benefits, they will ask for proof of that.
if you have trouble getting through to their phones, try their self-service portal:
We will adjust child maintenance payments for any paying parent whose income has changed by 25% as a result of coronavirus. We are currently dealing with a high volume of calls. Please report any changes by registering or logging into your self-service account online, except in the following cases, in which case ring us: - If your income has changed by 25% for any reason, including coronavirus - If child maintenance should no longer be paid due to a change in circumstances - If you are reporting a bereavement - If you adopt a child. Visit
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Hi Bill thanks for that since writing that email I have been furoughed. There doesnt seem to be info about that on their site. I have been locked out of my self portal for some reason so cant even message them and cannot get through on the phone line.
at the start of May I will not have anywhere enough to give my ex what she norally gets....
what should I do?
"There is a problem
The information you entered below does not match the information held by the Child Maintenance Service. Your account is locked and you won't be able to sign in. Please contact the Child Maintenance Service on 0800 171 2345."
I have been trying to get a straight answer out of.....well, anyone really, about CMS payments during this crisis. I am self-employed and my industry- the live events, music and film industry- has completely shut down. I therefore have no income and no prospect of any income for the foreseeable future.
I have been in touch with the CMS to explain. They told me to get in touch with the Universal Credit people because they at the time have had no policy from the government and could not make any reductions or delaying of payments.
I then went to the Universal Credit people who told me that they were not responsible for maintenance payments, and I should get in touch with the CMS!
The up[shot of this is that no-one is taking responsibility for these payments. At this rate, anything that I do get from the Universal Credit payments will go directly to my ex-wife, thereby leaving me with no way to pay my mortgage, bills etc.
Is there any way of getting any help from any agency who might be able to assist me, please?
Looking forward to any helpful replies.
Regards to all, stay safe,
yep I know how they are. im director of a ltd company. they said as my business is still open, i could be getting income from it. i would have to shut it down, before they can give any support. cant be bothered. just trying to get a new job...
they also have that insome support scheme for self-employed. you could look into that
i dont understand why you can't register to claim universal credit. if you sign up, then you would send proof to CMS, and should only be paying £7 a week in child maintenance.
I know exactly what you are saying. Most of the CMS people I have talked to have eventually been very helpful, although the mentality that every non-resident father is a potential absconder really pisses me off. The last bloke I spoke to however- Ryan- was very aggressive and told me that according to the government I was employed, even though I am self-employed with no change of work in my field of the last 35 years.
I am applying for Universal Credit, but as I say, they are not making any allowance for my current state. If I try to offer £7 per week to my ex, you would be able to see the thermonuclear blip from here to Seoul.
I shall try talking to the UC people tomorrow again.