If you are having any problems in getting money you are owed from an absent parent, phone the Child Maintenance contact number on 0872 435 5874 and they will be able to help. They will be able to give advice on how to prove that they are the mum or dad of your child, and can make them pay up if they are.
This number will connect you straight through to the child maintenance contact number. Calls to this Child Maintenance phone number are charged at just 5 pence per minute from a BT landline (may cost more from mobile and other networks).
The Child Maintenance Service can offer DNA tests to sort out arguments about who is the mum or dad. This can prove 100% that someone is not a child’s parent. It can also show a 99.9% chance that they are. The parent the child lives with and the person named as the parent must agree to the tests. If the child is over 16, they can agree themselves. Phone the Child Maintenance contact number on 0843 850 2117 for further explanation.
Tests can be arranged either through the DNA testing company the Child Maintenance Service uses or a private testing company. The child maintenance services only takes the results of a private test if it’s been administered by an approved company and security arrangements meet certain standards. Also everyone involved must be satisfied that the test was done properly. The test must be based on samples from the person named as the parent, as well as the child itself and the parent the child lives with. Phone the Child Maintenance contact number on 0843 850 2117 for further explanation.
The DNA test steps: Firstly the testing company sends an information pack to both the parent the child lives with and the person named as the parent. The person named as the parent decides on a doctor to make the tests. The doctor asks for a test kit from the DNA testing company. They then take a blood sample or saliva sample. The doctor then sends all the samples to the company. The company relays the results to the person named as the parent, the parent the child lives with and the CSA. They may also be sent to a court as evidence. The Child Maintenance contact number on 0843 850 2117 will explain in more detail.
When using the CSA the person named as the parent must pay the DNA test fee. It is £252. If they pay straight away when they return their appointment form, they can pay a lesser fee of £187.20. With the CSA test service fees might be different depending on how many children are being tested. Phone the Child Maintenance contact number on 0843 850 2117 to get up to date information.
In some cases the Child Maintenance Service will cover the test fee if the person named as the parent can’t afford it. If they’re found to be the parent, they must pay it back. Test fees might change. Phone the Child Maintenance contact number on 0843 850 2117 to check.
If the DNA test proves the person is the parent of the child, the CSA will then work out how much the payments should be. Payments will include child maintenance and the cost of the DNA test. If the DNA test proves that the person isn’t the parent, the child maintenance service might refund the cost of the test. They might also refund any child maintenance payments made after parentage was denied. The CSA don’t pay back any money that was paid before the person denied that they were the parent of the offspring. Refunds will depend on each case, as they are all different. Phone the Child Maintenance contact number on 0843 850 2117 for more explanation.