The Child Maintenance Service and CSA use three different methods to collect unpaid child support. Non-payment can result in court action or money being taken from earnings, benefits, or a pension.
Both the Child Maintenance Service and the Child Support Agency (CSA) will take action for the non-payment of child support.
So, what happens when a payment is missed? The first response is for the payment management service to contact the 'paying' parent and:
Is the paying parent, you should always respond to the Child Maintenance Service or CSA. As a rule, failing to do so means they will take action to get any child maintenance owed.
Note: Child Maintenance Services first introduced the enforcement charges for non-payment in June 2014.
As a rule, the management service can take immediate action. They have no need to delay a response to a paying parent that uses their services to make payments.
A paying parent can use Child the Maintenance Service or the CSA to calculate child support and then make direct payments themselves. In this case, the receiving parent would need to contact the service and ask them to take action.
There are three different methods used to collect money if you miss your child support payments and it leaves unpaid child maintenance.
As a paying parent, the service that you use can instruct your employer to deduct money from your wages (and the amount). Your employer must pass the amount over to the service. Failing to do so means they can take the employer to court.
The paying parent might be getting benefits, the State Pension, or a War Pension. In this case, the service can usually take an amount from these types of payments.
Neither the Child Maintenance Service nor the Child Support Agency need permission to take money from a bank or building society account. Either one can instruct the bank or the building society to take a one-off payment or regular payments.
The service can take a paying parent to court over unpaid child maintenance. If that happens the courts can:
It is not uncommon for a paying parent to try to sell or transfer a property to someone else to avoid making the payments. In this case, the service that manages their case can make a request to the courts to stop them selling or transferring it.
Note: If asked, the courts can also reverse any sale or transfer that already happened. The paying parent may need to pay legal costs for the service and themselves if action is taken through the courts.
What Happens If You Miss Child Support Payment: Enforcement Action and Charges