Initially back in 1999 when they wanted £547 p/m of which they would have given my ex £40 of it. So I gave up work and managed to give her £200 p/m (black economy!!). The debt was approx £2,900 at that time and it became statute barred in 2005 under the old rules as they did not get a liability order against me. As you know the rules changed on 12 July 2006 when the Statute of Limitations was removed. However any arrears before 12 July 2000 fell within the old rules. So they have added them in.
Coming up to date my daughter turned 18 on 30 August 2014 and they then became involved again when my ex-wife claimed that she was in full time education. I disputed this and even though I had a letter from the Child Maintenance Service around the end Sept/Oct 2014 stating that they had spoken to my ex-wife, who informed them that my daughter was not in full-time education but was thinking of going back to college. Therefore there could be no arrears owed because she had turned 18 and was not in full time education.
However they have ignored this fact and refuse to provide evidence that my daughter is in college (I have no contact with her at all) . I have always said that once I have the evidence that she is in college I would pay. BUT because they have not provided any evidence I have not paid.
They have therefore claimed that I am refusing to pay and are claiming the Statute barred arrears for 1999 and for money from August 2014 to date. They immediately issued a DEO straight to my work. They have not obtained any Court Orders at all.
I hope this extra info helps
I know about the requirement to have obtained a liability order. However they did NOT obtain an order during the 6 year period between 1999 to 2005.