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A quick question about who can be present at a ssat hearing

Hi everyone

I am a new member and would kindly like some help please.  I have an upcoming ssat hearing by telephone, I am the respondant and the payee.  The ex-partner has asked a very prominent political lobbyist, to provide a submission for him on his behalf at our hearing.  I have never heard of or met this person until doing an internet search, and I fear that this person has not all the facts on this case, and has only heard one side of the story.  This whole process has been hell, and everyone is suffering, myself, the kids, and the ex.

Can anyone represent anyone at an ssat hearing, I didn't realise that my ssat hearing could be hjacked by a particular lobbyist group?

Thanks for listening.
ready2giveup said
Hi everyone

I am a new member and would kindly like some help please.  I have an upcoming ssat hearing by telephone, I am the respondant and the payee.  The ex-partner has asked a very prominent political lobbyist, to provide a submission for him on his behalf at our hearing.  I have never heard of or met this person until doing an internet search, and I fear that this person has not all the facts on this case, and has only heard one side of the story.  This whole process has been hell, and everyone is suffering, myself, the kids, and the ex.

Can anyone represent anyone at an ssat hearing, I didn't realise that my ssat hearing could be hjacked by a particular lobbyist group?

Thanks for listening.

OK I am a little confused, this is identical to a series of posts made on another forum except that you named the person and the organisation.

Are you concerned that this person is mentioned frequently on these forums?

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Hi Agog

Thanks for replying.  I asked for that particular thread to be removed from that other site, as I feel that I shouldn't have mentioned names, for privacy reasons, silly me, not very forum savvy.

I have not read anything on this forum about this particular person, and I have absolutely nothing against him, I don't even know him, but I am concerned about my rights with regards to the ssat.

I don't undertand how this person could intervene in my hearing without hearing all the facts first.  How the ex and I came to this sorry situation is a long sad story but I just want what is best for our kids, in regards to csa, contact issues, etc.

Thanks again
Ready2GiveUp said
I don't undertand how this person could intervene in my hearing without hearing all the facts first.  How the ex and I came to this sorry situation is a long sad story but I just want what is best for our kids, in regards to csa, contact issues, etc.
                   
                      
section 103C of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 said
(2) A party to a review may have another person make submissions to the SSAT on his or her behalf.
(3)    The SSAT Executive Director may determine that submissions to the SSAT by a party or a party's representative are to be made by telephone or by means of other electronic communications equipment.
As such it is the Law that allows such representation.
Oh ok

Thank for that MikeT, I wouldn't have even known where to find that information.

Thanks again
Ready2GiveUp said
I wouldn't have even known where to find that information.


I found it by first going to the CSA's website, looking at the guide (4.2.5) which mentioned section 103 and then went to a copy of the legislation that I have, although following the links on the guide takes you to the legislation. I have a copy because I frequently look into the legislation and it saves me having to wait for it to download.

Here's a link to the relevant section of the Guide, which you may wish to explore further.The CSA Guide - The SSAT Review Process (4.2.5)
Thanks again MikeT

I do often go the csa site, so the answer was ummm, staring me in the face.  I have another question if that is okay.  Do I have the right to have this representative's submission 'before' the hearing?  If this person is to make an oral submission, as I have been informed by ssat, on the day, how can I have recourse if I don't know what issues he will be addressing?

It seems that I have to have this person, who doesn't know myself or my family, talking about our issues, so I think it would be only fair to ask for this?

Cheers
ready2giveup said
Thanks again MikeT

I do often go the csa site, so the answer was ummm, staring me in the face.  I have another question if that is okay.  Do I have the right to have this representative's submission 'before' the hearing?  If this person is to make an oral submission, as I have been informed by ssat, on the day, how can I have recourse if I don't know what issues he will be addressing?

It seems that I have to have this person, who doesn't know myself or my family, talking about our issues, so I think it would be only fair to ask for this?

Cheers


Ready2GiveUp,
                    I can't see anything that allows you to have such details, however saying that as it's basically a review of the CSA's decision and that that is all that can be looked at, you likely know all the issues but perhaps not all the facts/evidence to be raised. I can't see that new evidence is not allowed however somehow new evidence may not be relevant as that would in many cases not have affected the original decision which is wReply to 'Cannot Access Password Sent to Email Address' - Family Law Web Guide is under review and as it wasn't available at the time the decision was made.

You also have the opportunity to reach an agreement

You also have recourse to appeal the SSAT decision in court or if it is with regard to the percentage of care through the AAT.

Saying all this though, I must say that I've never been involved in SSAT so I am just going by what I've read, I was hoping that others would have provided some input. Saying all this though, all SSAT would do is apply what should have been applied by the CSA, if they find the CSA decision was made incorrectly. If it does go against you and that the CSA have been shown to be at fault, you could possibly have grounds for compensation against the CSA (see 6.11.1) of the guide, here's the link The Guide - Section 6.11.1.

As for answers staring you in the face, I know all about that, especially over the last 6 months or so, so join the club in that respect. :)
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