I am starting this blog in order to campaign for child support to be implemented across Europe in such a way that it is effective and efficient and that each child who lives with one parent can rightfully claim what is theirs – basic financial support from the other non-resident parent.
I have been living in France since summer 2009 with my now 16 month old little boy. I relocated here from London, in order to build a life whereby I can provide my Son a better quality of life than I could in the UK. I separated with his father 3 months before he was born whilst I was living in central London. We had a highly acrimonious separation and despite efforts, communication has by no means improved between us! For the purpose of this blog, my ex will be called Wolfy, of course this hides his identity but it also sums up a large part of his character and behaviour. For my ex did what one would call cry Wolf a lot, he of course lied a lot, to the point where even if he did tell the truth, neither my family or I would have believed him. In 2009 I had to use the CSA (Child support agency) in order to implement financial support correctly and to a timely manner. This seemed to work for a while until my Son and I relocated to France. I had previously been informed by an assistant at the CSA that a move abroad would not make any difference to my case and that they would still collect payments from Wolfy. So I was most unhappy and highly stressed, when I found this not to be the case! Of course Wolfy, who was always highly unreliable in every sense, must have had a party on hearing such news, he gets off without having to provide a cent for his one year old son for the next 17years!
You are welcome to follow my blog and please support me in this campaign for ensuring that this does not happen. Why should the father simply decide as and when that he does want to support his child any longer? Why can my Son not easily retrieve what should be his, basic financial support? Surely this is infringing upon his basic human rights?