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Lifestyle Inconsistent With Income Award: How is it Decided?

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 15 Jul 2018 |
 
Child Support Maintenance Liability

Q.

I am the parent with care. I won a "lifestyle inconsistent with income" award at a tribunal but my ex-partner has refused to pay maintenance. A liability order has been granted but as she now has no income, a charge is being put on her house. I am frustated about this as it doesn't help our sons financially and she continues to lead an extravagant lifestyle.

My argument against this decision is surely the CSA is contradicting itself as the basis of the award is "lifestyle inconsistent with income". This is the 3rd liability order - the first two debts were collected by bailiffs , the 2nd one, last year, being in excess of £5000! Therefore I believe this should be the initial course of action again. Do you know who/how the course of action is decided? Is there some set down law/policy?

(C.H, 7 July 2009)

A.

I can understand why you’re asking the question! The CSA has discretion on this one – either they can take action in the county court to enforce a liability order or they can seize goods. I am speculating here, but the CSA may be of the view that the bailiffs would be pushed to seize eligible goods to the value required on this occasion.

Seizure of Goods

Seizing goods belonging to your ex-partner is known as ‘distress’. However, it may be that the CSA has taken the view that your ex-partner does not have sufficient or eligible assets to seize. Not all property can be seized, and items such as furniture, clothing, bedding, money, cheques and other securities for money, household equipment and basic domestic items (e.g. toasters, irons, kettles) are exempt. If your ex-partner works and, for example, needs to use her car for work, this is deemed to be an item ‘necessary for work’ in which case it couldn’t be seized.

The Powers of the CSA

The ‘Operational Improvement Plan’ (launched in February 2006 and designed to improve the performance of the CSA and collection of maintenance) provides that the CSA will use every type of sanction available to it in enforcement of liability orders, including asset seizure (which your ex-partner has already experienced), as well as removing her driving licence and even sending her to prison.

Enforcement of Liability Orders

The CSA has decided on this occasion to take county court action and to treat the unpaid child support as though it were a judgment debt i.e. as though it were an unpaid county court judgment. They must therefore be of the view that there is sufficient equity in her property to warrant this type of enforcement action. Bear in mind, also, that the CSA can now apply to the court for an order of sale, in which case the charge would be paid from the proceeds of the sale after any priority debts have been paid (e.g. a mortgage, second mortgage or ‘homeowner loan.’) In order to grant an order for sale, the court must be satisfied that your ex-partner has alternative living arrangements – in other words, they can’t simply make her homeless.

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Ronny- Your Question:
I am a divorced man who pays an agreed upon sum for Child support to my ex. wife who has custody of our 9 yewr old son.This sum is generous and it ensures my son who lives with his mother alone with a full time maid in a luxury apartment can afford to do this. They have been living this way for 4 years and everything has been fine. Suddenly, my Ex wife has decided to move into an apartment with her parents in order to "save money". Our son, now has to live with his old grandparents. Though he will have his own room. My ex. wife is still demanding the SAME child support payments so she can pocket the money that is supposed to be used for our son.I have even told her that I would have been willing to pay any increases in expenses eg. should rent have gone up. but she simply ignores my e mails and continues to demand the same child support payments.What can I do about this ?Thank you for your help.

Our Response:
If you feel you are paying too much, the child maintenance calculator here gives a benchmark payment of what you would pay if you applied through CMS. This may be less than your family-based agreement, so you can go on the calculator's advice. This means you would legally be justified to pay your ex less.
ChildSupportLaws - 17-Jul-18 @ 2:07 PM
I am a divorced man who pays an agreed upon sum for Child support to my ex. wife who has custody of our 9 yewr old son.This sum is generous and it ensures my son who lives with his mother alone with a full time maid in a luxury apartment can afford to do this . They have been living this way for 4 years and everything has been fine . Suddenly, my Ex wife has decided to move into an apartment with her parents in order to "save money". Our son, now has to live with his old grandparents . Though he will have his own room. My ex. wife is still demanding the SAME child support payments so she can pocket the money that is supposed to be used for our son. I have even told her that I would have been willing to pay any increases in expenses eg. should rent have gone up. but she simply ignores my e mails and continues to demand the same child support payments . What can I do about this ? Thank you for your help.
Ronny - 15-Jul-18 @ 7:08 PM
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RJ - 28-Apr-18 @ 5:50 PM
Hi - I need some advice. The following is a VERY abbreviated version of events to keep it simple. I am awaiting a date for tribunal based on the CMS not having jurisdiction over my ex husbands earnings due to them being earned outwith the UK. He is however, habitually resident in the UK. He is self employed and gets paid by a French company into his American bank account. His business is also registered in the USA. (He declared the same business insolvent in the UK one month prior to setting it up again in the states).I know for a fact what he earns- between £10-12k per MONTH but the CMS cant touch it. The judge at the tribunal has requested him to provide evidence of all sources of income to the courts - earned in the UK AND abroad. My question is : Can the tribunal have the jurisdiction over his income earned outwith the UK? Yes, he lives a lifestyle inconsistent with his 'supposed' income. He has a mansion, a posh car etc. Owns about 5 properties in the UK etc. (not mortgage free) He is basically laughing at me saying that the tribunal cant make him pay more maintenance due to the jurisdiction issue and that his accountants are 'working on it' to make him look as poor as possible due to his vast amount of outgoings. Have you had experience of this issue before and how likely is the tribunal to decide in my favour?(even with the jurisdiction issue). I was always told that his outgoings were irrelevant and that his obligation to his children is classed as the primary 'debt' to be paid first. Seems like it would be a waste of time and money to request evidence of his foreign income if they could not do anything about it. Any advice greatly appreciated.
cat - 7-Mar-18 @ 10:53 PM
Sumo76 - Your Question:
My partner (female) currently pays CSA for her daughter that she see's part time, to her ex-wife. We are currently expecting a baby and it is my partner that will be the birth parent. How will it work with the CSA, they don't seem to be able to understand the situation with us being a same sex couple and are not taking in to account that face that the person giving birth is the person who is currently paying CSA. They have suggested that her payments will drop by £10/month which can not be correct considering she will be on maternity leave.

Our Response:
I 'presume' if your partner is no longer earning, then she will not have to pay child maintenance while she has no income. Child maintenance is calculated upon earnings and the tax paid through HMRC. However, if she is earning via maternity leave, CMS may have to calculate this based upon her reduced income (if it falls below 25% or more for Child Maintenance Service cases or 5% or more for CSA cases which began after 3 March 2003), please see link here .
ChildSupportLaws - 3-Oct-17 @ 4:07 PM
My partner (female) currently pays CSA for her daughter that she see's part time, to her ex-wife. We are currently expecting a baby and it is my partner that will be the birth parent. How will it work with the CSA, they don't seem to be able to understand the situation with us being a same sex couple and are not taking in to account that face that the person giving birth is the person who is currently paying CSA. They have suggested that her payments will drop by £10/month which can not be correct considering she will be on maternity leave.
Sumo76 - 3-Oct-17 @ 12:36 PM
Hi, my future father in law age 66 met a woman last Feb, who is Japanese age 35. She was on a student visa which was expiring in Nov that year. They hung around 8-10 times, and resulted in her getting pregnant and having a baby end of January. When she told him she was pregnant (which she said before she didn't want kids, was on the pill, and he clearly explained he didn't want kids the moment they met), he told her that he wasn't fit to be a father at his age and didn't want to raise another child. They didn't see each other or hear from her for 9 months. When the baby was born she served him with documents stating he needed to sign and say its his daughter so that she can extend her visa. She then took him to court, and now is demanding a £600,000 home in Battersea, and all her lawyer fees to be paid for this. How can she be demanding such HIGH demands, when they only shared a few dates, slept 4 times, and never spent the night at each other? He is committed to paying child maintenance, but this was clearly a trap for her to get a UK citizenship, to have a mortgage free home, and want a bigger pay out. If he has to pay this house all his retirement funds will be gone. He will have to sell his home that he has lived in for 20+ years, to buy her a place. How is this fair?
Vero - 13-Sep-17 @ 7:22 PM
Gem - Your Question:
My sons dad has managed to hide hundred thousands of pounds and my daughter is 8 now he has not ever paid through Csa and went over to child maintenance in 2015 and he still ain't paid any of the amounts he owes he has lied a lot seems he is driving sports cars and has a house full of expensive things he again has a income not matching his lifestyle I have struggled financially the whole of her life as all my money goes on my daughter can I take this any further?? He has out standing payments of a poxy £125 for the whole 5 years it's been calculated to £5 a week really poor when he has everything has no contact to his new jealous gf and they also have a daughter now 3 years younger than my daughter and she gets everything it's sooo cruel I'm glad my daughter is unaware of it all but one day I will have to explain the truth can I do anything?? Thanks Gemma

Our Response:
You would have to seek legal advice to see whether you have a case to answer. A court would look into your ex's circumstances more in depth to see whether his lifestyle was measurable with his earnings. However, if his current partner is earning, then it may be her who is financing his lifestyle. Therefore, it is important to be sure whether you have a strong case, as along with legal fees you could be awarded the costs if you take the matter to court and you lose.
ChildSupportLaws - 24-Mar-17 @ 1:56 PM
My sons dad has managed to hide hundred thousands of pounds and my daughter is 8 now he has not ever paid through Csa and went over to child maintenance in 2015 and he still ain't paid any of the amounts he owes he has lied a lot seems he is driving sports cars and has a house full of expensive things he again has a income not matching his lifestyle I have struggled financially the whole of her life as all my money goes on my daughter can I take this any further?? He has out standing payments of a poxy £125for the whole 5 years it's been calculated to £5 a week really poor when he has everything has no contact to his new jealous gf and they also have a daughter now 3 years younger than my daughter and she gets everything it's sooo cruel I'm glad my daughter is unaware of it all but one day I will have to explain the truth can I do anything?? Thanks Gemma
Gem - 24-Mar-17 @ 8:09 AM
Mariemc - Your Question:
My ex husband, MD of his own company has been declaring a false income to the CSA for a least 5 years. The CMS has just reviewed my case and obtained info direct from HMRC. The amount he has to pay has now doubled. He sees two of our three children (his choice entirely) for two hours every two weeks and offers no other support, financial or otherwise, other than the amount directed officially. My question is, he has underpaid by thousands over the years by lying about income. Am I able to claim compensation for this to recover what should have rightly been paid in the first place?

Our Response:
You can only be paid the amount owed in back-dated pay.
ChildSupportLaws - 20-Mar-17 @ 12:52 PM
My ex husband, MD of his own company has been declaring a false income to the CSA for a least 5 years. The CMS has just reviewed my case and obtained info direct from HMRC. The amount he has to pay has now doubled. He sees two of our three children (his choice entirely) for two hours every two weeks and offers no other support, financial or otherwise, other than the amount directed officially. My question is, he has underpaid by thousands over the years by lying about income. Am I able to claim compensation for this to recover what should have rightly been paid in the first place?
Mariemc - 19-Mar-17 @ 4:13 PM
MrC - Your Question:
Hi, I am self employed director of a small financial services firm with very flexible working arrangements with clients. It is full time 5 day week job but flexible. My wife, who has asked and proceeded with a divorce on UB grounds is part time 2.5 days per week but with European travel. We are in mediation (decree nisi not pronouncd) and she is claiming excessive maintenance and share of assets as well as being resident parent with me having weekend access only.My children are my life with one in FT education and the other just about to start. Due to my flexible working arrangement and high income I am in a position to a) offer her cash for share of the home b) apply to be resident parent as school is a few minutes from our home and has excellent facilities c) require no maintenance from ex and flip side no requirement to pay out excessive maintenance to her d) provide my children with a good upbringing with minimal disruption e) provides ex with opportunity to increase hours at workAny thoughts or suggestions on how this arrangement stand up?Thanks, Mr C

Our Response:
While on paper this may seem like a good idea, but it all really comes down to what your wife's opinion is and the level she wishes to accept or reject suggestions. If she agrees, then you can either carry out this arrangement formally (drawn up through mediation or a solicitor), or informally between yourselves. However, if your ex does not agree and you wish to pursue your points, then dependent upon the level of disagreement, it can end up in court (and the court will always decide on what it thinks is in the best interests of your children). Please also be aware that any arrangements made outside court for maintenance etc, is not set in stone and can be reneged upon. Meaning they are very much circumstantial and based upon the smooth running of 'life'. As we know, life is not always smooth running and situations can change. On the plus-side, the easier you can come to an amicable agreement with your wife, the better, as it means both parents are equally as supportive and can work together in the best interests of the children. I realise I haven't quite answered your question, but as there are so many variables, if you can negotiate directly with your wife, those variables can be made more secure through diplomatic means. But it seems your wife has her own separate ideas upon what she wants out to the divorce.
ChildSupportLaws - 21-Oct-16 @ 10:28 AM
Hi, I am self employed director of a small financial services firm with very flexible working arrangements with clients. It is full time 5 day week job but flexible. My wife, who has asked and proceeded with a divorce on UB grounds is part time 2.5 days per week but with European travel. We are in mediation (decree nisi not pronouncd) and she is claiming excessive maintenance and share of assets as well as being resident parent with me having weekend access only.My children are my life with one in FT education and the other just about to start. Due to my flexible working arrangement and high income I am in a position to a) offer her cash for share of the home b) apply to be resident parent as school is a few minutes from our home and has excellent facilities c) require no maintenance from ex and flip side no requirement to pay out excessive maintenance to her d) provide my children with a good upbringing with minimal disruption e) provides ex with opportunity to increase hours at workAny thoughts or suggestions on how this arrangement stand up?Thanks, Mr C
MrC - 20-Oct-16 @ 10:52 AM
Ive always paid my wife the CSA money but she appealed saying my lifestyle is inconsistent with my income. At the time I lived off my savings as my business was not doing well and still isn't. She is claiming arrears back to 2011. I have appealed and the case is now being looked at my a tribunal who are attempting to make an award to my wife based on assets I own due to my income being so low. I have discovered there are three versions of CSA law and the tribunal are using the version from 2011 as under the current CSA law they are not allowed to look at assets. Surely the current law for now should apply as the arrears will be up to the present day??
Brian - 24-Jul-16 @ 12:34 PM
I need some advice, we have recieved the details about the new CSA payments, we want to know if the child support still has to be paid if we have shared care of the children. i.e. we have the children one week and then ex has then a week and so on. Also is child support law actually upheld by law or not? Thanks in advance
SCN - 15-Jul-16 @ 5:33 PM
SP - Your Question:
My ex girl friend told me she is pregnant 7 months after we broke up. It was decided that child will be put up for adaption as best options. which was agreed. However after she had the baby, she decided to keep the child without informing me. As such, baby was registered as me as the dad. It was agreed that I would pay average cost as per my wages. However they also said they don't want any payments. It was also agreed that I will see her on regular time. Now she is asking for Child support and gone to CSA. Please advise what I have to pay.

Our Response:
If you have been registered as the father, then you will obliged to pay to help support your child financially. You can see what you should be paying via the CMS link here.
ChildSupportLaws - 12-Apr-16 @ 10:54 AM
My ex girl friend told me she is pregnant 7 months after we broke up. It was decided that child will be put up for adaption as best options. which was agreed . However after she had the baby, she decided to keep the child without informing me. As such, baby was registered as me as the dad. It was agreed that I would pay average costas per my wages . However they also said they don't want any payments . It was also agreed that I will see her on regular time. Now she is asking for Child supportand gone to CSA. Please advise what I have to pay.
SP - 11-Apr-16 @ 11:25 AM
Sara - Your Question:
Hi, I divorced my husband in 2011 (the divorce was caused by him having an affair). He has been paying CSA every month towards our son who is under 10 years of age. I recently received notification from the CSA stating that his CSA payments will reduce by around £150 per month (which is a huge hit on me financially) because he has moved in with his new wife who has two existing teenage children. His new wife is already working and also gets maintenance payments form her ex (the father of her two teenage children), so why does my CSA payments from my ex have to be reduced? I am bringing up our son alone based on one (my) wage. I cannot see why my son has to receive reduced CSA payments from his natural father just because he is now living with two other children who are not his and are already being supported by their own natural parents. In summary, it seems that the two teenage children are being financially supported by three working adults now but my son is only being supported by one working adult i.e. me. Am I able to challenge the CSA's recent reduction in these payments? Does the CSA maintenance calculation take into account CSA payments already being paid into the household by the two teenage children's own father? I hope all this makes sense? I would really appreciate any advice you can give me. I am absolutely desperate and really struggling financially. I am really worried about this and very anxious.

Our Response:
If you feel you have been treated unfairly, or you view the decision as wrong, then all I can suggest is that you complain. Please see link: here and the Complaints Resolution Team will try to officially sort this out.
ChildSupportLaws - 4-Dec-15 @ 10:20 AM
Hi, I divorced my husband in 2011 (the divorce was caused by him having an affair). He has been paying CSA every month towards our son who is under 10 years of age. I recently received notification from the CSA stating that his CSA payments will reduce by around £150 per month (which is a huge hit on me financially)because he has moved in with his new wife who has two existing teenage children. His new wife is already working and also gets maintenance payments form her ex (the father of her two teenage children), so why does my CSA payments from my ex have to be reduced? I am bringing up our son alone based on one (my) wage. I cannot see why my son has to receive reduced CSA payments from his natural father just because he is now living with two other children who are not his and are already being supported by their own natural parents. In summary, it seems that the two teenage children are being financially supported by three working adults now but my son is only being supported by one working adult i.e. me. Am I able to challenge the CSA's recent reduction in these payments?Does the CSA maintenance calculation take into account CSA payments already being paid into the household by the two teenage children's own father? I hope all this makes sense? I would really appreciate any advice you can give me. I am absolutely desperate and really struggling financially. I am really worried about this and very anxious.
Sara - 3-Dec-15 @ 4:11 PM
Hi, I opened a case with Child Maintenance Services last October.My ex husband declared he was self employed, so they went to HMRC where they got his 2013/14 tax return, which was a Self Assessment.As far as I'm aware he had only become Self Employed in the February of 2013 and previously had been employed by his Father's golf course, as a director.That tax return somehow only showed earnings so low that my daughter was awarded £7 per week.They wrote to him on my request some weeks later and asked him to confirm if this figure was still correct, legally he didn't have to respond and they state he didn't.Then when they reviewed in September of this year, they went back to HMRC (more than one call handler has indicated to me that this time it wasn't a SA, which leads them to believe he is now employed. Although, he does still have his own business which he advertises all around, including on his van.) Anyway, this time it showed he was earning in excess of £400 per week!! So the award for this year has gone up to around £40 per week. I now believe by their own rules, that this means he intentionally lied last year and failed to inform them of a change of 25% in his incomings.They say there is nothing they can do because he is self employed and only if I can supply evidence such as his profit & loss sheet can they take any action, because apparently is HMRC tax return is not evidence enough!?!?! (The mind boggles).Surely, this is enough evidence in law and would be against some EU law that there procedures just deem it not? Also, even though they suspect he his somehow employed now (Which would mean they could take action against him), they are not interested in investigating this anomaly (I suppose it could just be an admin error on HMRC behalf that they haven't labelled it correctly???). I hope this makes sense and you can offer me some advice. Many thanks
Mrs V - 5-Nov-15 @ 2:51 PM
My other have runs a pub, has a bran new car, is a member of the local flying club and posts on Facebook about hows he's going through trsining to fly again. He takes time off work to spend weekends with yhe scouts (so hisbusiness them pays for extra staff). He jyst got a girlfriend and regularly takes her out for meals with her joung son. But claims he only earns £67 per week so only pays £7 a week for his two children. Over a year back he refused to pay any maintenance and so owes via CMS £1400. I know his lifestyle shows he's having a ball but £7 a week for two children doesn't even pay for their school lunches and too top it all off next year the government are cutting working families tax credits for everyone. I don't kniw wehich way to turn as i oftern have to say no the children when they ask for treats when we are food shopping. I am the childrens main career and a single mother struggling.What should I do?
To top it all Off... - 3-Oct-15 @ 9:11 AM
dee - Your Question:
My husbands ex wife is still claiming maintenance for the 20yr old daughter. stating that te daughter is still in part time education and working part time, but we have no prove of this is there any way we can check. also my husband paid off £13,000 pounds of debt after she kicked him why hasn't this been taken into consideration. my husband is the only one working as I'm unable to work due to long term illness, she has remarried has two incomes coming in please help as we are only just managing to cope.

Our Response:
Firstly, child support is only based upon earnings not debts paid etc. If he has a family-based arrangement, he should ask his ex directly whether she can supply evidence of this. If she has nothing to hide, she should consent. If your husband pays through the CSA/CMS, then you should approach either directly and ask what it advises. You can see what he should be paying via the link here. I hope this helps.
ChildSupportLaws - 2-Sep-15 @ 11:53 AM
my husbands ex wife is still claiming maintenance for the 20yr old daughter. stating that te daughter is still in part time education and working part time, but we have no prove of this is there any way we can check. also my husband paid off £13,000 pounds of debt after she kicked him why hasn't this been taken into consideration. my husband is the only one working as I'm unable to work due to long term illness, she has remarried has two incomes coming in please help as we are only just managing to cope.
dee - 1-Sep-15 @ 10:58 AM
dawn - Your Question:
Hi,My ex husband never paid for all of our 4 children, instead I only managed to get maintaince paid for 2 of the children due to him being "self employed" and hiding his money in his then new wifes name. He still owes money for arrears going back over 5 years but again he is refusing to pay the last that he owes. Today I recieved a call from the CSA stating that as he is non compliant and not polite when they do manage to contact him the case will now be put on watch due to the fact he is not showing up as earning etc.Its only £214 not alot but now its the principle. so anyone know if I can take him to the small claims court to retrieve whats owed???Whats annoying is he recieved near on 30K from the sale of a house he shared with his 2nd wife only last year.

Our Response:
You will have no claim on the proceeds of his house that he shared with his second wife, only on his income/earnings. The CSA can take a long time to process claims and to calculate how much money a non-resident parent should pay, and this could mean that your ex-husband suddenly receives a large bill. However, once the CSA are involved in a child support case, they almost never write off the arrears. Your husband could go bankrupt and would still owe his child support arrears. You may be able to take civil legal action against your ex husband to try to recover the missed payments through the courts. However, it is always tricky as if the CSA cannot extract the money because he is hiding his earnings, then it may also be able for the courts to prove. I can only suggest you seek legal advice, to see whether it would be beneficial. Citizens Advice should be able to help/advise.
ChildSupportLaws - 25-Aug-15 @ 12:45 PM
Hi, My ex husband never paid for all of our 4 children, instead I only managed to get maintaince paid for 2 of the children due to him being "self employed" and hiding his money in his then new wifes name.He still owes money for arrears going back over 5 years but again he is refusing to pay the last that he owes.Today i recieved a call from the CSA stating that as he is non compliant and not polite when they do manage to contact him the case will now be put on watch due to the fact he is not showing up as earning etc. Its only £214 not alot but now its the principle.... so anyone know if i can take him to the small claims court to retrieve whats owed??? Whats annoying is he recieved near on 30K from the sale of a house he shared with his 2nd wife only last year....
dawn - 24-Aug-15 @ 6:20 PM
Buddy - Your Question:
I have just received my wage slip to find out I have to pay csa I have never been informed or received notice that they where wanting me to pay, the money they now want means I cant pay my rent or any of my bills I am going to loose my home and I have a new 12 week baby I left my previous life behind got a job, I am willing to pay for my other children but for 10 years was never informed about this and at the time my wife applied I was still living with her I paid her cash and have offered since but she refused to give me her address or bank details to pay by direct debit. What can I do I will pay but physically cant afford to live or pay my bills my rent is 700 a week

Our Response:
You would have to speak with the CSA directly about this. Or if you feel you have been treated unfairly you can complain via the link here .
ChildSupportLaws - 14-Aug-15 @ 2:17 PM
I have just received my wage slip to find out I have to pay csa I have never been informed or received notice that they where wanting me to pay, the money they now want means I cant pay my rent or any of my bills I am going to loose my home and I have a new 12 week baby I left my previous life behind got a job, I am willing to pay for my other children but for 10 years was never informed about this and at the time my wife applied I was still living with her I paid her cash and have offered since but she refused to give me her address or bank details to pay by direct debit. What can I do I will pay but physically cant afford to live or pay my bills my rent is 700 a week
Buddy - 13-Aug-15 @ 9:01 PM
my brother have 3 chidren he does everything for the children pays school fees,bying clothes, school clothes paying their studies fees everything now the mother has go to the child maintanance what must he do. thank you
wange - 11-Jul-15 @ 10:34 PM
@mejules - it is based on his income, not hers, as it's seen that she shouldn't have to work to pay for another person's children. Therefore, if he's on benefits then his payments to you will reduce.
Alex - 22-Jun-15 @ 12:04 PM
My ex has his child less than 52 times a year and he has dropped payments to 20 pound a month from 80 . He is ill and he had to give up work but he does get benefits as he has a disabled badge on car .he is married to a woman with a good job as they run 2 flash cars.is her wages taken into account when his payments are calculated or not.I have never gone through an agent before but £20 a month is taking the mick as they have a better life still than me as I earn £600 a month but luckily me and my son live with my boyfriend which he helps out a lot.I don't receive any benefits my self
mejules - 19-Jun-15 @ 10:34 AM
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