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The CSA have contacted me claiming £3062.08 from a closed case,

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The CSA have contacted me claiming £3062.08 from a closed case, regarding 2 children now aged 24 & 26 years old. They say they have made previous mistakes, leading to this further demand from them. The demand letter is headed (Pay your child maintenance now, or face legal action)
This is the first time I have been made aware that any historical amount is still outstanding. They claim I was previously contacted, however their letter ref: M/DUD/DE/TRF/1.1 attached, is the first contact from the CSA since my final payment made to them on 01/07/2013. They now say a mistake was made by them, resulting in this further claim.
I phoned on the 6th of Feb 2015, to ask why they had sent this demand letter as their first correspondence, and they said this is a standard letter. However during that recent phone conversation, the CSA said they could see a few mistakes had taken place. A deductions from earnings order for £72.80 per week was received by my employers on the 4th, two days before their first correspondence to me arrived. I phoned them upon receiving this letter, and they said the original order should have continued beyond the 01/07/2013, however my employer received no further order beyond that date until this week.
The CSA were taking £20.00 per week up to 01/07/2013. They are now about to deduct £72.80 from next week. My take home pay is £400 per week, and I have 2 dependants + rent £125.00 per week + the usual gas electric, council tax, etc. I have offered to pay £20.00 per week, but they have declined this offer of payment. Can you please advise if I can appeal against their unreasonable claim?
Regards, ***** *****
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Do you have any reason to think that there may indeed still be outstanding arrears?