I am moving abroad to China (Shanghai) in January to start a new teaching post, for at least 2 years, as a promotion. I want to stop paying CSA and transfer what I would be paying into two bank accounts for my children each month. I need to know if the CSA can:
(a) take money out of my bank account if I cancel their direct debit;
(b) apply for a court order;
(c) charge me arrears if I ever return to the UK;
(d) have my passport stopped.
Also, if I do this, will it be illegal?
My children do not see any of the money that I have paid for the last five years and I want them to receive 100% of what I will be paying (£600/month in total) as a lump sum when they turn 18.
Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks for your excellent advice, and for supplying it so quickly. Just some further clarifications:
1. I currently pay £426/month to the CSA in total. WIll the arrears accrue by this amount each month, or will further charges be added?
2. If I was still living in China when the children turned 18, could the CSA still take the lump sums, if I gave them directly to my children?
3. Would any maintenance order issued in the UK be ceased if my ex-wife is deceased when my children turn 18? I do not wish to sound callous at all here. However, she is not in good heallth and this is something that I do need to consider.
4. Just a double check that I cannot be arrested if I ever come back to the UK to visit family.
Your help is very much appreciated.
I am just about to close this and give you an 'Excellent' rating and would like to specifically use you again for any legal queries I have in the future - this has been first class.
My last question - if my wife is deceased when I plan to give my children this money, could her new husband apply to have this money under the order - or would it go directly to my children, as I intend?