Both of these options are official rulings made by a court.To arrange a Consent Order or a Minute of Agreement, both you and your daughters father will need to agree how much child maintenance will be paid and how often before going to court.This all went smoothly until the CSA contacted the father to pay arrears that where owed. I am Sarah the Child Maintenance Options consultant.
If you decide to use the Child Maintenance Service, your daughters fathers responsibility to pay will be around the point when he is contacted by the Child Maintenance Service.
You may be interested to know that the Government has introduced a 20 application fee for using the Child Maintenance Service.
We also have a discussion guide which you can use to help prioritise the issues that you wish to resolve with your daughters father and help you plan conversations around child maintenance.
In terms of tools, we have a family-based arrangement form that is not a legally-binding document but if used to write down what both of you have agreed, it can help to formalise your arrangement.
Lol) up until now I've had 3 payments made since January 2014 & 3 missed this year without being paid back in arrears or any warning or explanation!? In terms of your current arrangement, from what you have written it appears that you may have a family-based arrangement in place.