I’m one of the forum moderators at Gingerbread. It’s great to see you’re using the forum for support, and I hope other single parents who have similar experiences are able to help and advise you.
It sounds like it might also be useful for you to contact our free helpline. Our expert advisers can help with a range of issues including child maintenance, benefits and housing. The number is 0808 802 0925, and the opening hours are: Monday 10am-6pm; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am-4pm; Wednesday 10am-1pm & 5pm-7pm. Please do be aware that our helpline can get busy at times so you may have to wait.