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Csa ended but now going back to college

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Giraffe5 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:13:57

My dp paid csa to the age of 16. We got a call from csa to say it had stopped as the child no longer qualities. Step child was at college at this point. They've since left college and moved out of their mums house to live with an aunt. They are now talking about going back to college at 19. Will csa start again?

sandgrown Tue 05-Jan-16 21:17:06

Depends on the level of the course and also if child qualifies for child benefit. If a non-advanced course CSA could be paid to age 20. Under new scheme parents are encouraged to make their own agreements .

Giraffe5 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:25:14

It will be a beauty course I think. Not a levels or higher.

OllyBJolly Tue 05-Jan-16 21:46:58

The bigger question is whether the child/YA's father is willing to support them, assuming they are serious about gaining a qualification that leads to employment. The child might no longer qualify under CSA rules (or whatever it's called now) but it would be usual for parents to support children in some way until they finished education.

Who is funding living costs?

gingerboy1912 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:53:07

Who is paying for your dp's child at the moment?

Giraffe5 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:55:26

We continued to pay the maintenance but not through the csa

Petal02 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:28:25

Whilst I agree it's very nice for a parent to support a YA throughout continuing education, I think the 'end date' of age 20 is appropriate for compulsory maintenance. Beyond that, voluntary support is great if the parent can afford it and/or feels happy to continue paying, but there has to come a point when a young person is financially independent.

Giraffe5 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:36:19

That's what we hoped. We pay slightly less than we did under csa and wondered if it's all going to change just as we thought they were becoming more independent. I has to earn my own way from 18 and it did me no harm

Bluelilies Tue 05-Jan-16 23:25:39

Have they moved back in with their mum? Or planning to? I don't think CMS is payable to the Mum unless they do. And only then if she applies for it.

Giraffe5 Wed 06-Jan-16 00:05:32

Is the cms payable to the child?

Giraffe5 Wed 06-Jan-16 00:10:07

If we need to pay more, we were hoping it would go straight to the child

Bluelilies Wed 06-Jan-16 01:55:48

No, it's never payable direct to the child, only to the resident parent. You can agree privately to pay the child though, and may prevent their resident parent from applying for CM if you do.

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