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child support if I get to Canada

Post Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:42 am

Is there anyone in Canada that is required to pay child support for a child in uk? Due to the incompetence of CSA in UK, I have quite a lot of arrears and I'm concerned that it will affect my case when we finally get round to applying for residency.

Does anyone have any experience of the csa uk after moving to canada and can you give me any advice as its going to be impossible to pay it all off without winning the lottery before we go. We are totally fed up, cheesed off, frustrated and disappointed with the uk, including government, taxes, weather, people, places etc etc! DON'T WANNA BE HERE ANYMORE!
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Please help, we used to be proud to be British, now we find ourselves getting more and more ashamed of the fact! We would like as much advice as possible on this and many other aspects of moving to Canada. Thank you in advance.


Re: child support if I get to Canada

Post Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:36 am

Hi taffyplumber,

Great to hear from you again, and I hope your plans to relocate to Canada are still coming along well.

I suggest that this type of inquiry would be best served to an attorney, rather than just friendly opinion from here.

I would rather that you receive accountable advice on something so important to everyone involved. I would start by sourcing an Immigration lawyer in the UK and hopefully somebody will provide some free preliminary guidance.

If you cannot find one that you prefer, let me know as I could check for a reference from our ( ) Canada-based Immigration lawyer.

Good luck with this inquiry, and any further questions just let me know...

Warm regards,



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You can't evade your child care payments.

Post Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:21 am


Sorry to tell you this BUT, you can't evade your legal responsibilities by leaving the UK and coming to Canada. The courts here will be only to glad to hear a case like yours, if brought by either the child's Mother, or the Government of the UK.

Canada and Canadians take a very dim view of delinquent Dads, and if the case is proven to the satisfaction of the Judge, you will find yourself either paying off the arrears you owe, or serving time in jail, untill you do pay up. Having been convicted of a criminal offence, you would then be subject to removal from the country as a un-desirable person. You need to clear this matter up BEFORE you come here, for the sake of the child and your future.

One of the criteria for being admitted to Canada is be of good character and to have a sound financial history, with no large debts outstanding. Can you pass that test?

Jim Bunting. Toronto.


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Re: child support if I get to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:26 am

Hey Jim,

Thanks for the posting - can I just say that I'm not trying to evade paying child maintenance, I was just wondering how I would go about paying it if I was out there. I'm sorry to anyone if I gave the wrong impression. I'm paying it, but cant get any straight answers from the government here, and was wondering if anyone there was paying for a uk child, and could tell me how they pay, ie. does it get paid by direct debit as in uk, or would it get sent as a cheque in can$?

Other than that, I have no other debts, so that isn't a problem - would I have to clear the arrears before I would even be considered? Just trying to get things straight in my head before we set anything in concrete. Anymore advice would be most appreciated!


Re: child support if I get to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:16 am


You certainly gave the impression that you were trying to NOT pay.

Now that you have made your position clear, I'll say this...........

You can send payments by Western Union direct payment, or thru a bank transfer into the account of the person you are paying. If you have to pay into a Government office, use the same process and get a receipt for each payment that you send, for your own records. You can buy a money order in UK pounds at a bank here.

If you are paying child support payments on a regular basis to the UK, that should be acceptable. It would be the same as if you were paying on a house mortgage there. I didn't mean to imply that everyone who applies to come here has to have NO debts, far from it.

Jim Bunting.


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Re: child support if I get to Canada

Post Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:16 am

The other alternative is to keep a British bank account and wire money over on a regular basis. XE or EX can't remember, its the site you go to and cry when you see how many dollars its going to take to buy your Euros or Pounds or US dollars. anyways does cheap money wires cheaper than anyone else.

I've had my canadian bank account for 7 years and regular wire money over with them.


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