Maintenance and CSA payments
If you fail to meet your voluntary payments, your ex-partner could take you to court. The court can:
With a liability order they can:
Maintenance ordered by the court
Your circumstances may change after the court order was made, for example, you may lose your job or start a new family. If you can no longer afford the amount ordered by the court, you should apply to the same court to vary the order, submitting an income and expenditure sheet to back up your statements.
A fee will be payable but court fees can be waived in certain circumstances, for example, if you are on benefits or on a low income. See form ex160.
If you are in arrears, the court can order you to attend a means enquiry hearing to look at your financial circumstances. If they are satisfied you have a valid reason for not paying, they may write off the arrears, otherwise they can order you to pay the arrears in installments.