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Partner would not be able attend due to other commitments, he has to work and can not take anymore time off. SSAT have called him and told him if he does not attend this would disadvantage him. Whata re the effects of not attending the SSAT hearing - Chil

Hi I'm new here and wanted some advice for my partner… A brief history.

My partners ex has applied to go to SSAT due to a decision CSA have made in her favor, they have increased my partner income due to capacity to earn but the ex believes she deserves more.  We have sent in the information to SSAT that they asked as best we could and also wrote a letter stating that my partner would not be able attend due to other commitments, he has to work and can not take anymore time off.  They have called him and told him if he does not attend this would disadvantage him.

So my question is, he he doesn't attend does it really effect the outcome?  I would love to hear some people's thoughts on who has attended these hearings and who hasn't.
In his shoes I would find a way to attend.  By not attending he denies himself his chance to put his side of the story and influence the outcome.  He may also correct any misinformation or errors.  If he cannot attend perhaps he could do it over the phone.

As an aside, i have a big wrap on the SSAT - remember only 49% of CSA decisions are affirmed there.  
I definitely support that view. We were involved in a hearing this week and the personal appearance and ability to answer questions raised about various aspects led me to believe the CSA decision will be overturned. In this case as in others additional information came to hand at the time the CSO handed the decision down and although given an opportunity to get back to the officer due to overseas work commitments in the forces (Secrecy involved) the party could not get back to the determining officer.

There is no informal way to have a decision changed and unfortunately the SSAT is the only place you can go to fix up any errors. Its an excellent place to go if all else fails. Definitely worth turning up for….  :thumbs:

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Sec SPCA, actually the law does allow the Registrar to at any time substitutean alternative decision if an error has been made.  This should facilitate informal processes (within reason) in cases of error.  Unfortunately, CSA will not authorise there people such freedom, hence the entrenching combative processes.  
Thanks for bringing that to attention Bigred. I will add as a note in relation to the COA review work that is going on.

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