Child maintenance and legal advice needed
February 24, 2012
Hi, My name is Gary. I split from my ex-partner about 6 months ago. we have 2 children, age 4yrs and 9yrs old. I’m writing to ask/seek advice as i feel i’m not getting treat fairly from my ex-partner and having my own children used against me. im 28, i work full time and have since i left school. i’m a dad who wants to see my children as much as possible and have always had an active role in their lives and still want to. Like i said im in full time employment and NOT on any benefits, i have no criminal record, dont take drugs and not an alcoholic. i have access to my children 2 nights per week in which they stay at my parents house with me which is where i live as had to leave the family home after the split. if this is enough information i would appreciate some help in where i stand with regards to my children? i have been paying maintenance by standing order but unsure if i’m overpaying as i’m struggling financially.
1) i earn £320 per week and have my children 2 nights per week and have them 2 days per week during school holidys aswell, how much should i be paying? and do they take my out goings into consideration?
2)when i left my family home i had spent a considerable amount of money on furniture, fixtures and fittings out of my own pocket and have loans to prove this. am i legally bound to recieve money for this?
3) if i have my children 50% of the time, do i still have to pay maintenance and/or am i entitled to any of my childrens tax credits or benefits as i feel hard done by having to pay alot in maintenence, ex partner gettin the extra financial help from tax credits and when i have my children having to pay alot of money to take them swimming/softplays/food/trips away etc
4) as ive mentioned earlier, i live at my parents as cant afford to rent by myself or get a deposit for a mortgage or pay for a mortgage. it’s crowded at my parents as they now live in a flat so when my children stay im having to sleep on the settee and my daughter by law when she reaches the age of 10 has to have her own bedroom so cant share a room with her brother.
would it be possible to have any of this in writing, ie how much i owe in maintenance and anything im legally entitled to, kind regards, Gary.