I am 16 years old and want to know if I have a case to go against my dad as he has not paid child maintenance for me since May 2008. The only problem is,he does not declare that he works as much as he does? I have been told about the CSA but it doesn't help and it would be me fighting my dad as myself and not my mum for me?
Province/Country relating to question : United Kingdom
HiWhich part of the Uk are you in?Claire
HiThen I shall opt out and transfer you to the Scottish law sectionPlease be patient Claire
Ok..how long will it take roughly?
While this is waiting to be transferred to Scots law, I can tell you that in England it is most unlikely that you can do anything until you are 19.
The age limits may be different in Scotland
This action must be taken by your mother in England.
Why isnt she dealing with this?
It is the way it is down here in England. Under that age it is dealt with by CSA.
After that any application can be made for (example Uni fees) by the child.
I am sure it will be in Scots law soon.
I will re-request it
Is it in Scots Law yet?
Relist: Other.Scottish Law
Thank you for your question.You can apply for child maintenance in Scotland if you are between the ages of 12 and 19 and are in full time education up to sixth year studies.In addition there must be no private arrangement or court order in force for maintenance.You can get full information here:http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@benefits/documents/digitalasset/dg_198867.pdfI hope this helps. Please press ACCEPT so that I am credited for my time.
So if I go to a lawyer, I should be eligible to do it without the CSS or my mothers help? Meaning I would be doing it as myself? Thanks.
Relist: Incomplete answer.
No, my answer says that you can go to the CSA yourself for maintenance. You can also instruct a lawyer to write to your father with a view to setting up a maintenance agreement but if he doesn't cooperate then your recourse is to the CSA provided that the conditions outlined are met.Once you turn 18, if you are in full time time education or training you can take your father to court for maintenance but not before.
27 years as a practising solicitor.
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