Thank you Clare.
Is there a piece of statute that states that Social Services have this right. I can't see it in the Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012 or its predecessor Child Support Act 1991.
If they do have a right how do they know how much to ask the calculation is based on paying over to resident parents?
Finally if they don't claim this right are they able to backdate a claim. I have been erroneously paying my children's mother and she has kept the money rather than paying over to SS. Thus if SS can backdate I may end paying twice.
I realise there are a few Qs here. If I need to pay more then please let me know.
I am not entirely sure. My children lived with their mother who, due to severe disability, social services deemed was no longer able to look after them. They can't live with my wife and I reasons - it has been tried and failed. I wasn't consulted when the decision was made to put the children in foster care and the only facts I know are:
- they were not put in care via a court order i.e. it was a voluntary agreement made with their mum
- I was not consulted - rather just informed
- I have not signed any paperwork agreeing to the care arrangements
As to whether this was section 20 I do not know.
I have been told that they will probably remain in care until they are 18 on a voluntary basis
Thank you Clare. Final point just to put my mind completely at rest do you know the answer to the question I previously asked as to whether they could backdate a claim. My children are only 13/14 and as such could technically be in full time education till 21. I wouldn't be comfortable wondering if a backdated claim might arrive years worth of care. Would they need only be able to claim monies period after they put a claim in (if they chose to do so)?