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    Hello everyone hope your all well ? I’m a noob to this site 🙂

    my question is … is a child maintenance calculation legally binding ?
    A calculation was sent to me by CMS my sons father then changed his mind approximately a few hours later to my disgust .apparently and disputed parentage … demanding a DNA of myself and my son …  Any answers or references would be appreciated x

    my son is 9 and has never paid .

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    Yes, legally binding


    As an initial maintenance calculation has already been completed the Father & child can be invited to undertake an approved DNA test to resolve the dispute.

    If father refuses to undertake DNA test parentage may be assumed.

    If a court declaration of parentage is applicable, parentage can be assumed.




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    Good afternoon thank you for you comment … I was happy with the calculation made . As he changed his mind. 2 hours after it was sent to me ..he denied he was my sons ,they the cms told me I’d have to have a DNA . I refused as I knew and had evidence to prove that . it was his way a cheap way I may add to apply for a court order to be but on his birthday certificate.  to gain control of me and my son …I obviously refused . Cased closed .
    I was the claimant. Disgusted is an understatement. I telephoned obviously tired to no avail  Asked  for a mandordory appeal . Independent review all denied without even applying . They actually hung up on me .

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    I’m Michelle one of the moderators here in the forum.  Great to see you posting.  I can hear you’re facing some challenges.  There’s an information page here in the site that gives a bit more information on Child Maintenance which if you haven’t seen it, you can find via this link:

    Child maintenance – Gingerbread

    You could also give the Single Parents Helpline a call.  They may be able to help guide you through your options.  Here are the details for the Helpline:

    Single Parent Help

    • Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925

    Opening hours:  Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4  They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered

    Hope that helps a bit



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