What is the Child Support Agency (CSA)?
The Child Support Agency is a governmental agency that exists within the United Kingdom; the Child Support Agency is responsible for both the determination of Child Support payments required within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, as well the as the enforcement of required child support payments.
Child support mandates are passed down from the state family court and the amount of payment is determined by a variety of social, economic, and professional factors. A child support payment is monies paid by the non-custodial parent to the parent acting as the primary care custodian – or the custodial parent.
Child Support Agency: Determination of Child Support
The primary criteria in the determination of child support payments undertaken by the Child Support Agency are considered to be the legislative framework in accordance to familial circumstances undergoing the review of a child support payments. These payments are normally determined by the state of family court handling the case. Child support calculators exist that provide informational estimations of child support payments, as well.
Income: The Child Support Agency will typically assess the gross amount of income earned by both parents – custodial and non-custodial – is factored in to the determination of child support. Both parents maintain the right to life and earnings that allow for their respective needs to be met. Portioned income is allotted for the child support payment, which is calculated by the Child Support Agency responsible for jurisdictional operation.
Custodial Responsibility: The custodial responsibility – both parental, as well as financial – is factored into the determination of a child support payment on the part of the Child Support Agency. In the event that the parental role that one parent has well-outweighs the other parent’s role, the magnitude of responsibility is taken into consideration upon factoring child support.
The Number of Children: The Child Support Agency calculates and substantiates the number of the children that have been produced as a result of a marriage; in addition, any and all financial recourse and expenses are review, as well. A larger number of children involved in a child support settlement, the higher the prospective child support payments – a larger number of children is proportional to more responsibility, including both financial and parental. Both parents are required to provide an equal amount of child support – in a varied capacity - for their shared children.
Established Paternity: Child support payments mandated by the Child Support Agency are also reliant on ‘established paternity’, which is the legal terminology signifying parental role with respect to the life of the child. Both in the case of step parents and birth parents, the established paternity is assumed to be shared by the birth parents. In the event that the child lives with one parent, the other parent is required to pay child support payments. In the event that the child shares residence with both parents, arrangements can be made reflecting payment proportional to the amount of time in which the residence is shared by specific parent and child.