Time is a constant, so how come sometimes it moves so much quicker or slower than others? No I'm not going to tell you, I have no idea myself either. But time has no limits it seems when it comes to the Child Support Agency.
A Father has to pay the extortionate amounts of Child Maintenance they set every month, two thirds of their wages in some cases, live it total poverty, unable to pay his bills and getting into debt until the child is 16 years old or 18 if they are in further education.
A Mother who is a friend of A Father, also has a child but the CSA does nothing to collect Child Maintenance because they say they cannot trace the absent father. Even when A Mother gives them all of his contact details every time he moves house, plus the address of his profitable business.
It doesn't matter if the child leaves home at 16, you still have to pay, you cannot negotiate with the CSA.
Eventually the children reach 18.
A Father gets a letter Case Closed, your balance is zero.
A Mother gets a letter Case Closed, sorry we couldn't help.
A Father gets on with his life, sorting out the financial mess he's been left in. Five years later a letter arrives from the CSA demanding maintenance again for the "child" now in their 20's.
Meanwhile the CSA refuse to reopen the case for A Mother of a child in their 20's.
The CSA has no concept of time passing.
If you are A Father, who has always done the right thing and paid Child Maintenance, it would appear there is no time limit on how long they can hound you for!!!
If you are A Mother, who they have never collected a penny for, because the absent father refuses to pay and keeps moving around to avoid paying. Then it's Tough Luck!!!