NT Child support help help

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  1. Kayne4

    Kayne4 Active Member

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    I have the child support agency constantly ringing and writing to me over a debt of only 800. I have been ignoring them as I refuse to pay. Are they allowed to contanslty ring and if I don't pay can that go on my credit file or can any thing happen
     
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    Is it a legitimate debt?.. If so, arrange to pay it, by installments if that is all you can afford... The CSA can most definitely do plenty to make your life miserable...
     
  3. Rob Legat - SBPL

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    Agreed. If the CSA is chasing you for payment, I’d wager it is an ‘agency collect’ situation. That means the child support debt is a debt owed to the Commonwealth, and they have extensive powers to hound you for it.
     
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  4. Scruff

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    Only $800????

    CSA are a funny bunch. They hounded me for well over a decade for just under $100 of late fees which were supposed to have been waived 12 years earlier when the outstanding payments were made!!!

    I finally got fed up with statements arriving every month saying I still owed $99.90. So one day I decided to ring CSA and ask what the hell they thought they were doing? To my surprise, they actually confirmed that it was on their system that the penalties were to be waived if the outstanding amount was paid by a certain date - and they also confirmed that I actually paid before that date!

    Never heard from them again after that. But whenever I think about it, I still find myself scratching my head as to why they never took such a small amount out of any one of 12 tax refunds?!?!?

    In fact, 120 odd statements over 10 years? I reckon that little exercise probably cost them close to $100 in the end. Paper, ink, envelopes, postage...

    Like I said - they're a funny bunch!
     
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  5. Kayne4

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    Sruf do you see your children
     
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    Eventually, then can just garnish it from your wages or tax refund.

    Why aren’t you paying it? Is it because you’re not seeing the kids?

    If so, are you taking steps to rectify that situation?
     
  7. Kayne4

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    I don't see kids, I have never even met them I have no intention to

    Why aren’t you paying it? Is it because you’re not seeing the kids?

    If so, are you taking steps to rectify that situation?[/QUOTE]
     
  8. Rob Legat - SBPL

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    If your argument is that you didn't want kids and have intention of being in their lives, you're out of luck. The law doesn't care about what your intentions and feelings are, and it's not even about what's 'fair' between the parents. The child support laws are predominantly aimed at ensuring there is sufficient maintenance available for the support of the child's needs. In practice, that goes a little screwy; but that's the law for you.

    This may not resonate with you (at least, maybe not right now), but:
    - So long as you actually are the father, then you need to accept the responsibility for your actions which resulted in the birth of a child; and
    - Everything else aside, it is not the child's fault in any way, shape or form. They are the only blameless one in this situation. Whatever you feel for the mother, don't transfer that to the child.
     
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  9. Kayne4

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  10. Atticus

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    True.... You are however, like it or not, a PARENT of a child that by law you have a parental responsibility to help support, financially at least.
     
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