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    Default Child Benefits When Two People Split Up .

    Unfortunately ( for my two kids , 5 y/o and 3 y/o ) my lass and i have separated after 16 years .

    She is getting a new place to live , which will be the kids main home and i'm staying put with the house i own .

    We have amicably decided to share respsponsibility of the children .

    She will have them Monday night to Friday afternoon and i have them Friday afternoon until Monday evening , which helps her as she works night shifts on Fri , Sat and Suns and sleeps the following days .

    She is keeping the child tax and child benefits , to sort out the kids at her new home and to help get her started in her first house .

    My question is ....... am i entitled to any child help because i look after my own kids for half the week ?

    or is there only the child tax and child benefit to split between us ?

    i have the unusual situation of being a foster parent in my job and the money i receive is " tax free " up to about £ 24,000 ( but to get there i'd have to foster more than one foster child , which i can not do ) .

    The government see child fostering as a service to the country , so they give fosterers the tax break , their rules not mine , there are many other services that could do with financial help as well , e.g. soldiers , nurses , special needs etc etc etc .

    And the foster child money is called an " allowance " , not a " wage "

    So , according to the government , it is a tax free allowance to assist in fostering a child and technically it is not earned .

    Therefore , if i was filling out benefit forms , i could write the number zero , where it asks about " income " .

    I don't want the world on a plate , just what i am entitled to as a single parent .

    i just want the best for my kids .

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    I apologise if this thread gets controversial or upsets anyone .
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    So sorry to hear your news and yes I have to agree fully it is hard for the children in these instances. In the experiences I have from friends in the situation the benefits and credits go with the mother as the majority carer of the children.

    I hope that you are lucky enough for the amicable ways to remain. I have seen so often, and sadly that once lawyers get in on things that part changes

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    really sorry that you have splitt and after so many years i could be wrong but i would ov though so as you have the children for more than 3 days im sure someone on here would be able to tell you what you can and cant do i have often been in the same boat with regards to what am i entitled to ect even tho im with my partner i still pay £120 a month to her standing order for the little one for clothes ect best if you can come up with an agreement rather than get involved with the CSA (we live in seperate houses) and with me doing silly shifts at work she does have the little one more... if you wanna go for a pint or whatever give me a shout i have been there and its not nice esp when theres kids involved

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    So sorry to hear your news and yes I have to agree fully it is hard for the children in these instances. In the experiences I have from friends in the situation the benefits and credits go with the mother as the majority carer of the children.

    I hope that you are lucky enough for the amicable ways to remain. I have seen so often, and sadly that once lawyers get in on things that part changes

    yes i think derek is right they most often side with the mother i think the more you have the little one the less CSA you need to pay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    So sorry to hear your news and yes I have to agree fully it is hard for the children in these instances. In the experiences I have from friends in the situation the benefits and credits go with the mother as the majority carer of the children.

    I hope that you are lucky enough for the amicable ways to remain. I have seen so often, and sadly that once lawyers get in on things that part changes
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    My childrens mother has agreed not to get C.S.A. involved as we are each supporting our kids half a week each and we are talking sensible and calm .

    Apart from housing them for half a week , i will also contribute towards their schooling and clothing etc too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyjpuk View Post
    really sorry that you have splitt and after so many years i could be wrong but i would ov though so as you have the children for more than 3 days im sure someone on here would be able to tell you what you can and cant do i have often been in the same boat with regards to what am i entitled to ect even tho im with my partner i still pay £120 a month to her standing order for the little one for clothes ect best if you can come up with an agreement rather than get involved with the CSA (we live in seperate houses) and with me doing silly shifts at work she does have the little one more... if you wanna go for a pint or whatever give me a shout i have been there and its not nice esp when theres kids involved
    Cheers mate , might take you up on that .

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    Sorry to hear about your split, so much more difficult when kids are involved.
    The arrangement you describe above means that you're not entitled to any child benefit, only the mother is, as child benefit will only be paid to one parent/guardian per child (who ever has the child for the majority of time).

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    Ah mate sorry to here this! I hope you are able to keep everything civilised as you are, eventhough I'm sure it's hard. Wish I could help with info on what your entitled. If you need a chat could always do a pint somewhere or meet at royal quays will get Phil and Andy down there we can get Andy to dismantle his car again, was a laugh goodluck

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    Thanks for replies and support guys ,

    now i'm a single parent , home owner ,

    and it doesn't look like i'm entitled to any child help ,

    are there any tips to save money ?

    Some one has already suggested removing my ex lass from the council tax at my home as this may reduce it by up to 25 % ,

    i already bought Asda / Sainsbury own brands before we split ,

    i have had the loft insulated for free with a government scheme .

    Any other suggestions , thanks .

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    on your tax credits form it asks if you pay maintenance for a child/children not living with you, (whoever has them 4 nights counts as who the child live with) not sure if this applies to you, but i assume its on the form for a reason?

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