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I am an 'Absent Parent' in the eyes of the Child Support Agency. I guess this is true when I live in Cambridgeshire and she lives in Tyneside. My ex and I split when I was still serving in the Army and wasnt prepared to leave before I had served my full 22 years. The ex remarried 6 days after the decree absolute was finalised overnight I became 'Old Dad', he became 'Big Dad'.
I have to say he's a nice bloke, it just his wife who I can't stand. I have been dealing with the CSA since then, paying what they ask regardless of whether I think it is the correct amount, easy life is better than fighting them and running up masses of arrears.
I now no longer serve my country and am no longer earning the same income. The CSA paid me a visit asking why I hadn't paid for 3 months, I said "How can I pay when I'm not working?" It wouldn't appear to matter to them. She took away my last 3 payslips and the latest copy of my mortgage statement. Meanwhile I crossed my fingers and hoped that I would still be able to afford the nice house my new wife and I had bought three years previously.
Somebody within the CSA couldnt read...
Unfortunately, somebody within the CSA couldnt read and typed the wrong address into their system. I heard nothing until a bailiff popped a demand through my door 12 months later asking for over Â£4,000. I had been taken to court without my knowledge and found liable for that amount.
Twelve months further on, I am still fighting what is their mistake, not mine. I have eventually cleared the amount owing to the bailiffs but now face arrears for the 12 months during which this dispute has taken place. One step forward, feels like 20 or more backward! Yet again the Child Support Agency make a mistake but somebody else has to pay for it.
When will the Government finally put the useless thing out of its misery? Probably never, they couldnt afford the redundancy package for all the staff no doubt! Hopefully the CSA complaints team will look into this. I finally spoke to someone in the Agency who was helpful and explained the correct steps to take.
I wait with baited breath for the outcome, although deep down I'm so sceptical about the whole thing that I probably get stung for even more cash than I am already lumbered with. Here's hoping.
By: Fostered Gaz