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I was married 14 years and am now officially divorced. When we initially separated we came to a verbal arrangement for me to give a fixed amount towards my daughters upkeep as she still lives with her mother in the family home whereas I moved out.
After about six weeks of this arrangement I received a letter from the CSA demanding 15% of my weekly wage which amounts to £140 a month. My monthly wage is only around £800 so it's still a fair chunk.
I now have £14 to live on for the month...
I had a bad month recently and missed a payment, so now the CSA have taken £350 off me today and will take another £350 off me on the 10th August!! I now have £14 to live on for the month after paying my rent. How can they be allowed to operate like this, taking money from you whenever they please with no warning?
My ex wife gets every benefit going and she works as I do, however I get nothing as I earn 14k a year and have been told by the Tax credit people I earn too much to qualify! I earn £9.08 an hour and I feel like jacking the job in in and going on the dole because I'd probably be better off.
I see my daughter twice a week as I am a shift worker and I've ALWAYS given maintenance money for her in some shape or form. The CSA will not listen to me and I basically feel like I've been found guilty without a fair trial. I always thought you were innocent until proven guilty in England? This madness that is the CSA must be stopped immediately as they are basically stealing money from responsible dads and they answer to no one as they are government backed... I am in a very bad place at the moment as not able to pay my way... totally at my wits end!