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Clare, Family Solicitor
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IHAVE JUST RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE CHILD MAINTENANCE SERVICE

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IHAVE JUST RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE CHILD MAINTENANCE SERVICE CLAIMING THAT I OWE CHILD MAINTENANCE BUT I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE MOTHERS SOLICITOR STATING THAT I AM NOT THE FATHER .THE MOTHER ALSO REFUSED TO A DNA TEST
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
When did you first hear from the CSA?
When was the letter dated - and are you named on the birth certificate?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

YES I AM NAMED ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE BECAUSE AT THE TIME OF THE BIRTH I THOUGHT THAT I WAS THE FATHER IT WAS NOT UNTIL THE CHILD WAS APPROX 3 MONTHS OLD THAT THE MOTHER TOOK THE BABY AND CONTACTED ME THROUGH A SOLICITOR SAYING THAT I WAS NOT THE FATHER HER SOLICITOR THEN ARRANGED A DNA TEST WHICH I PAID MY SHARE FOR BUT THE MOTHER REFUSED .


THE LETTER IS DATED 7/02/2014

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
What is the date of the letter from the solicitor saying that you are not the father?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The date of the letter from the solicitor is 2/9/2011 this letter also refers to us taking a DNA test at our respective GPS.I also have a letter


confirming that I paid £231for my half of the DNA test dated 11/10/2011


and a further letter stating that the mother had not paid her share of the test therefore they returned my monies dated 2/11/2011


 

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Just for clarity - the mother has only just applied to the CSA - this is the first time they have been involved?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes this is the first time that I have heard anything from her for twelve months

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
In that case send them a copy of the letter and ask for a DNA test.
I am afraid that you will have to pay the CSA for this - BUT they will refund the fee if you are not the biological father
There is only a short window within which you can make this request - so act quickly.
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Clare
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

how long is the short window and what will happen if she refuses the test.have you any idea of the cost

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
As I understand it it is about six weeks after first contact.
I do not know what the current fee is - but this page suggests over £500
https://www.gov.uk/dna-testing-parentage-disagreements
https://www.gov.uk/child-maintenance/disagreements-about-parentage
Clare

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