My best friend has four children and really struggles financially ( he hasn't paid maintenance of 500 a month for four years, self employed blah blah blah). My question is can she reduce the amount due to him as he owes her so much? If so how? Any help desperately needed please
It is unfair, however If she doesn't have a case with the CSA she may contact CMO (cmoptions.org) and ask about cm collection service. This means that she needs to pay a small amount of the collected maintenance in order to get it (and the other parent will be forced to pay extra to cover his part of the service), but less is better than nothing.
Having said that, the problem with self employed people is that they can hide their real earnings very easily, so it may be that she stills get nothing. (I wonder when they will be finally forced to show their P60s)