My ex has always been erratic with child maintenance payments, sometimes paying, sometimes not, changing payment date. It was an informal arrangement & never increased.
In October 2017, I instructed the CMS. Over a 7 year period, he had missed 17 payments. He chooses to have no contact with our daughter.
I have had no positives from involving the CMS. After initially saying he ought to pay whatvin effect was 3 times the original monthly amount, they have accepted his appeals and now say he has to pay £0 a month!! This is a guy who is the director of a company, lives in a 300k house and lives a lavish lifestyle. When I instructed the CMS, he gave up his job and went self employed. He is a financial advisor, so knows exactly how to avoid tax…and clearly child maintenance!
i feel so frustrated. I work full time, get no tax credits to help with childcare costs and think he should contribute. He has appealed to CMS twice & they have revised their decision. I don’t get the opportunity to appeal it with them. I have been told I have a month to appeal to a tribunal hearing. This seems so stressful and entirely weighted in his favour.
Can anyone advise? I feel really anxious about having to represent myself at a Panel hearing & can’t afford legal representation 😢.
CMS are absolutely crap. I cudnt get any payment it went in his favour. He doesnt want To know his baby, denied was his, called me all kinds sayin I’m obsessed with him n lying but gets off Scott free cos he self employed. Ffs CMS wake up n do ur job better rly annoyed me but I didn’t appeal but I really don’t like accepts g that they assume he is the parent but don’t think he’s earns more than 7quid a week. Urghhh!!
Do what you have To but maybe you could get some legal and?
Thanks for your reply. I’ve phoned them again today. I got a bit upset & they said that although they won’t review my claim again & I will have to go to tribunal….they will look at his additional income & report him to taxman 🤞.
i’m nervous about going to tribunal panel, but will do it. What I didn’t understand is if I have to put a new claim in each year….CMS worker says not 🤔 She says they will review each year upon anniversary of my first claim. Let’s see if that is actually the case….i’ve little confidence in them atm
To add to the fun CMS stories. I submitted a court order showing that my daughter now lives with me; yet they said I have to keep paying CMS until there legal team review the order for which it can take up to 12 weeks 🤦♂️🤪