The parent, or not the parent?
However, it is possible to tell the CSA that you're not the parent. According to the same UK government website
When someone denies they’re the parent of a child, the Child Maintenance Service or the CSA will:
- ask them for evidence proving they’re not the parent
- tell the other parent what’s happened and ask for evidence to prove parentage
They do not, however, commit to actually doing
anything about it even if the other parent fails to prove parentage.
Should a man dispute that he is the father, then bureaucracy triumphs: if the amount the CSA want from him has not been calculated, he can withhold payment but if they have already worked out how much they want off him, he has to keep paying until the matter is sorted out.
The government makes it very clear about what will happen if the disputed parentage is proven and no payment has been made: "If the person is found to be the parent, the amount of child maintenance they have to pay will be back-dated." So, one might think that in the opposite case, where the parentage is dis
proved and payment has
been made, the money will be refunded. Well, not necessarily, and the government makes this statement
Named person proves they’re not the parent...
Refunds depend on the circumstances of each case.