Can anyone point me in the right direction?
My femail friend has a son 12yrs old, she is single. She is separated from the boys father, 7 years ago. The boys father is named on the birth certificate. She lives in council accomodation with her only son. Works part-time about 15 hours a week. The problem is her ex-partner will NOT give her any maintenance for her son!!! He runs his own business and refuses to pay out any monies, quoting he can not afford too!!!!The so called father visits his son once a month. all parties live in England. She is now struggling to afford to keep the quality of life her son would expect, so surely the father should be forced to pay some thing? where do i tell her to seek advice???
If the NRP is refusing to pay any maintenance for the child your friends only option is to make a CSA application.
Whether this will achieve a better result though is questionable. The problem really rests with her ex being self employed and as many other wikis well know the CSA seem unable to deal with many self employed cases and make assessments when income appears near to zero.
Thank you for your question. All parents have a legal responsibility to financially support their children. Even if they have a low income or they''re on benefits/claiming tax credits they still have to pay a percentage of their income.
As I''m sure your friend already knows, it''s much easier to sort out child maintenance without the CSA or the courts involved and it usually keeps things more amicable in general.
If that''s not possible, then the CSA will work out her child maintenance payments using a set formula, which will be based on the boy''s father''s income. Some other factors are taken into account, such as the number of children that need child maintenance, if he has overnight care of those children and if he currently lives with any other children.
For more information about the options and access to useful tools and forms online visit www.cmoptions.org, or if you''d prefer a confidential chat you could call the child maintenance Options team on 0800 988 0988 (free from a landline).