My friend has brought his 3 kids up with his second wife, after their mother was neglecting them and basically she never fought him for custody either. These kids are now 17, 16 and 13 and have recently been on a trip over to England to see their mother. She has one of them brain washed into going to live with her...... They asked me some questions about maximum age for CSA maintenance payments, and since she is 16, does the mother have to seek custody.. and I have no idea. I have been googling for the last hour but even the CSA website refuses to tell me the maximum age that the kid has to be in order for CSA payments to cease. The mother has never paid him a single pence toward these kids upkeep for all these years, and is now claiming that he will have to pay her CSA payments !! The kid is about to go into 5th form GCSE year and with 2 weeks to go, she still has not sorted out a school for her daughter to start at. Personally, I think the girl is being a really silly kid and thinking the grass is greener over there with her mother, but this woman has messed her head up. The kid can't see the motivation behind the mother wanting her.. it's not maternal love, it's revenge on her ex. This woman did not want these kids ( which is something I just can't comprehend, but it just goes to show you that not all women are maternal). It is all going to backfire big time when the mother realises that this kid is there to stay, and the stroppiness of a teenager finally hits home, I would say this honeymoon period will be over pretty darn quick. Then what?.... So, these are the questions I wonder if any of you clever peeps (esp any solicitors out there ) can answer for me. Although the child is 16, she still legally has to attend school until next summer. That being the case, is she also still eligible for child benefit & CSA assessment? Does the mother have to seek custody for the remaining school year? When is the child actually considered to be an adult?