my ex paid for our daughter via a private arrangement. He has just told me that as far as he is concerned his payments will cease when she finishes school in June as she will no longer be in education and will be over 18.
As child benefit is still payable up until September can I apply to the CSA?
I know that if I already had a CSA case it would continue up until September despite her finishing school but will they take on a new case when she isn''t in education?
No there is nothing in writing. There may be a letter somewhere agreeing an amount but it was a private agreement between us.
We did use the CSA when we first split up but due to my ex''s circumstances changing the assessment went down. He was happy to pay more but insisted it had to be a private arrangement with the CSA case closed or the assessed amount via the CSA.
Naturally I went for the former and closed the case! In fairness he has always paid the agreed amount but now wants to end it earlier than I anticipated. I will have all the expenses associated with an extra person in the house until she goes to uni but with no help.
Will the CSA intervene given her age and not being at school anymore just for those few months?
I saw a post recentley about the new csa.
Seems he will pay a fee as a percentage of the amount, and you also will pay a percentage fee based on the amount.
Also for a few months for you, I have also seen posts from people trying to get csa cases through over many months.
I guess you have to weigh it over how much you think its worth, and dont think I am anti CM payments, I pay mine and have since day one.
Some people make it difficult using the system because they can!
Under current CSA rules when children finish school in June CM is paid until CB finishes in the September. As far as I''m aware the CSA charges don''t apply yet and the CSA aim to deal with cases in 12 weeks.
I don''t think there would be a difficulty in claiming through the CSA and it wouldn''t do any harm. In our case the CSA dealt with my claim urgently because my ex stopped paying CM just a couple of months before our son left school. My ex didn''t reply to the requests for information and within 6 weeks of the application the CSA had contacted his employer and CM had been deducted from his earnings.