Ex partner refuses to pay child maintenance

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    Any advice please…

    i haven’t seen my ex partner ( still my husband) for 2 years nearly ! He wants no contact with our 3 year old son . Refuses to pay child maintenance, avoids paying at all costs ! Child maintenance phoned me yesterday saying , they can go back to court to get a 2 nd liability order out on him , which will take another 10 months possibly longer , but there unsure whether this will lead anywhere ! They’ve tried bailiffs , court action , etc etc …. he just seems to get away with it ! As of yesterday he was owing just under £5000 to myself and cms, but apparently if he’s in the mind set of not wanting to pay ( the lady’s words) there’s a strong possibility that they won’t be able to retrieve any of the arrears along with any weekly payments he should be paying … he went 15 months without paying , child maintenance caught up with him, he then got agreed to pay a weekly sum included in that is a £10 weekly arrears amount , since April he’s paid 4 times … weekly it isn’t!!!! But apparently he can get away with it and there’s not much I can do ….. any advice please …

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    No advice I’m afraid, I can only sympathise, the system seems really bad as it doesn’t seem to be able to make people pay if they choose not to.

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    Hi Emma1974

    Thanks for posting on the forum.  It sounds like you have explored avenues regarding your ex partner paying child maintenance and I can certainly hear your frustration at not coming to a conclusion with this. Our single parent helpline may be able to give you some further advice around this or explore what options may be available.  They can get very busy so please be patient but calls will be free.

    Hope that helps, Justine

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