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Father ordered to pay single mother £74,000 arrears


Man on £150,000-a-year who refused to financially support his child for TEN YEARS and even tried to have a DNA test to prove he wasn’t the father is finally set to pay £74,000

  • A single mother has received a £74,000 payout from the father of her child
  • Ten years the father refused to give financial support or maintenance payments
  • He asked for a DNA test to prove he wasn’t the child’s father but later backed out
  • ‘Forced Sale’ action approved by court making him sell property to pay mother

A single mother has won a £74,000 payout from the father of her child after he refused financial support for 10 years.

The Child Maintenance Service took the father to court over ten years worth of unpaid maintenance fees, the Department for Work and Pensions has revealed.

Court action is rarely taken by the CMS, but was pursued in this case due to the ‘extraordinary’ nature of the case.

The woman, whose identity is protected, had approached her child’s father in 2010 for financial support to help raise their child.

However, the man, who earns a £150,000-a-year salary, rejected the woman’s requests and refused to offer any financial backing at all.

A single mother has been awarded £74,000 after the Child Maintenance Service took her child's father to court over years of unpaid financial support. The father initially claimed the child wasn't his and demanded a DNA test before backing out of it (stock image)

A single mother has been awarded £74,000 after the Child Maintenance Service took her child’s father to court over years of unpaid financial support. The father initially claimed the child wasn’t his and demanded a DNA test before backing out of it (stock image)

The man’s name appeared on the child’s birth certificate but he continued to deny any connection with them. 

To try and justify his decision not to pay the mother any money, the man requested a DNA test be carried out to prove he was not the child’s father.

Baroness Stedman-Scott (pictured), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, said that outcome in this case proves that not paying child maintenance isn't an option,regardless of your income

Baroness Stedman-Scott (pictured), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, said that outcome in this case proves that not paying child maintenance isn’t an option,regardless of your income

His request for a DNA test was granted by the mother but when the time came, the father decided to back out of the test.

Eventually the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) stepped in to assist the mother after she asked for help as she continued to seek financial support.

By taking legal action the CMS was able to secure a ‘Forced Sale’ action.

This meant that the father was ordered to sell off a property he owned so that he had the necessary funds to make the outstanding maintenance payments he owed the child’s mother.

How Child Maintenance Service takes action if payments are missed

  • Take money from your earnings
  • Take money from your benefits
  • Take money from your bank or building society account, including joint accounts, or partnership accounts formed in England or Wales
  • Apply to court for a liability order. If a liability order is granted, they can refer the case to bailiffs who could take your property away to be sold to cover arrears and costs
  • Apply to court for a charging order to force you to sell property and use the money to pay off child maintenance arrears.

If all other enforcement methods have failed, the CSA or CMS can apply to court for you to be disqualified from driving or sent to prison. A court can also stop you from having and using a UK passport.

Source: citizensadvice.org.uk 

The father is now set to make an initial £40,000 payment followed by 34 monthly payments of £1,000 to support his child.

Speaking about the court’s decision, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions Baroness Stedman-Scott said: ‘It is shameful when parents go to such lengths to avoid caring for their children. 

‘My message is very simple: There is no way out of paying the child maintenance you owe.

‘This isn’t about naming and shaming but anyone who thinks they are protected by wealth or status needs to think again, as this case shows you will get caught.

‘You may be able to hide your dereliction of parenting from your friends and acquaintances, but you cannot hide it from us.’

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