He has dug a pit and hallowed it out and fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head and his violence will descend upon his own pate ~ Psalms 7:15-16
There is a Yoruba proverb that goes ‘everyday is for the thief but one day is for the owner’
It loosely translates as; you can get away with things for ages but eventually you’ll get caught and pay the price.
Well it, at one point, seemed that McDad would be paying the piper or as they are better known the CSA.
Here in the UK the Child Support Agency (CSA) are tasked to find absent parents and force them to pay maintenance for their children.
Super-Gran informed me way back in August 2013 that McDad now had a fairly decent job and that his girlfriend had advised him not to pay for his daughters upkeep if she refused see him. Apparently he totally agreed with this and wouldn’t be supporting his kid despite that fact that it was his violent actions that led to her refusal.
Super-Gran advised me to do whatever I needed to do to ensure that our daughter was provided for with the information she had given me.
I called the CSA and gave them an update.
In November McDad bumped into one of my brothers and boasted how he now had a great job, just walking distance from where both my office and my brothers chambers are.
Naturally my solicitor brother, MrB, was more than disgusted that a man could be primping and puffing himself up like a peacock over a job but not feel the need to provide for his child. MrB reminded that I’m resourceful and if I really tried I could find the name and address of his office.
True to form after an hour of a concentrated internet search I had the name and address of the company he worked for and had rang the CSA to update them.
On Tuesday the 21st of January I called to see if their was any progress and a very helpful lady filled me in. They had called and written to him and eventually they contacted his employer and asked for a breakdown of his earnings. Their office was waiting for the information before making a judgement on how much of his income he would have to pay as maintenance.
On February 10th I got shocking news! I had a message from the CSA to call them back which I did. It transpires that they have received the information from his employers and have made their final decision.
He should be paying hundreds in maintenance each month!
But as I first called them about the issue almost 9 months ago they will be back dating the claim!
He officially owes thousands in back maintenance!
If he does not make a direct debit arrangement they will order his employer to remove the monthly amount plus a further amount to cover the back pay directly from his wage before he receives it.
Basically he has no choice other than to pay what he owes; willingly or by force.
Now its April 2014 and I called the CSA for an update. It seems neither employer nor McDad have made maintenance payments and the case is being referred to the CSA’s legal enforcement team.
Now whatever happens the amount the CSA have determined as owed by McDad will be an outstanding debt he owes. This will follow him to any employment he has in the future but how does that matter if he is not made to pay up?
I totally understand why women eventually give up dealing with officialdom. How many calls should I make and how many letters should I write before I just stop hoping for a favourable outcome for my daughter?
Why has it been almost a year since referral to the CSA, an official government department, without resolution?