A man is claiming that the CSA refuses to return the £30,000 he has made in child support payments, even though he has proof that the child he has been supporting isn’t his
Steven Carter says he has had two letters from the Child Support Agency making promises that if he could get proof that he wasn’t the father of the child in question, he would be refunded his money. After a battle that has lasted 11 years and a DNA test, the CSA are now saying that he has left it too late to make the claim.
Mr Carter said that he always felt deep down that he couldn’t be the father of the girl, who is now 22 years old, who he has never met. He said he had two one-night-stands with the girls mother and used protection both times. According to him, the mother was with another boyfriend at the time.
He told the Daily Mail “She obviously looked at me like a cash cow. I work in a nightclub and the CSA contacted my employers and took my money. They accepted her word with no proof at all.”
As a result of this unfortunate situation, he has been paying £70 a week from his wages to support the girl since 1995. Mr Carter added that he has many hundreds of calls to the CSA and was told that he would be able to get his money back if it was proven that he wasn’t her biological father.
However, the CSA has now turned round and said that it refuses to give the refund on the basis that the DNA test was taken after the child became considered to be an adult, with the assumption that as Mr Carter continued to make the payments, he accepted paternity of the child.
According to the CSA wesbite, in the event of a dispute, the person who is named as a parent has to make the payments until they are able to provide evidence that they are not the parent. When they are able to do this, it says that payments may be refunded — but it then goes on to say that “refunds depend on the circumstances of each case”.
There are a number of situations when parentage will be assumed, such as if the couple were married or in the case of adoption.