I relocated to the USA many years ago. Through the CSA I had child support deducted from my pay in the USA. I relocated to a different state at one point after having to change jobs, and the CSA stopped deducting money from me, (presumably because I was in a different state and in the USA this means the jurisdiction changed). After some time my ex-wife in Scotland informed me that the CSA had closed the case. This was a couple of years ago.
I need to return to the UK very soon because I have a very ill family member, but am worried that because there are arrears I may get stopped at the airport on entry or exit to/from the UK. I would be home (in the UK) for a very short period of time, and it is extremely important that I see this family member.
Question is plain and simple.........could there be an arrest warrant for me for the child support arrears?
I would doubt it as I understand there are agreements in place between US & UK so that, if a warrant had been issued at some point, the US would have shipped you back.
However, can I ask why you didn''t make contact with the CSA when you''d moved and realised no funds were being taken off in order to re-establish your payments, as this would have alleviated your current anguish over arrears and possible arrest?
The original assessment which was done prior to my leaving the UK was extortionate, (based on 5 pay stubs including all overtime which on a flat week in the UK meant I couldn''t even cover the payment as I didn''t make enough after taxes), and my salary was significantly less in the USA. Over here they were taking 55% of my income and I struggled to survive. I didn''t know I could have contacted the CSA. I had thought they just enforced taking your money, and with all the horror stories from back home about fathers committing suicide, etc., I left it alone. Basically the fear of having all my income taken coupled with being in a foreign country where I thought I could do nothing about it was what stopped me doing anything.