Should I pay CSA?
Here’s my situation. I have my baby son for 3 nights, bi weekly, 70+ days a year. According to the CSA calculator I should pay £256 a month.
But, my child lives over 200miles from me in area not easily accessible by public transport. My total costs every month exceed £240 on travel alone if by train or car.
Should I be paying anything at all in these circumstances, especially as I have regular overnight contact in spite of the distance.
Not sure if you are paying by private agreement using the online calculator or via the CMS, but you should apply to the CMS for a variation to account for these special expenses for keeping in contact with child.
However, your £240 isn't offset against the £256. Instead the way it works is to work out your annual expenses so in your case £2880 and this amount is deducted from your salary and then your new CMS amount is calculated.
Hope this makes sense, all the best.