02/09/2011 03:29 BST | Updated 01/11/2011 05:12 GMT

Child Support Dodgers: Most Ridiculous Excuses Revealed (SLIDESHOW)

The Child Support Agency has released a new list of the worst excuses parents give for dodging child support payments - including a sex-change Dad who said 'he' was no longer the 'father' of the children.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller said: "Most parents do what's right for their children but, as these ridiculous excuses show, there is still a hardcore trying to avoid paying what they owe. Our reforms will support parents to make their own family-based arrangements and free up the state service to chase those who refuse to co-operate."

Check out some of the silliest reasons for avoidance in our slideshow below: