Can I apply for benefits when she already has?

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    MrDad
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    Hi guys. I have 2 kids with my ex. We have the kids 50/50 and shortly after I moved out she started claiming benefits for them and wont share the money.

    I’m struggling for money and my question is can I claim for them if she already is doing so? Child benefit, anything I can get would be helpful.

     

     

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    Mel
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    Hi. If she’s claiming child benefit already then you can’t.
    Universal Credit if you are unemployed or have a low income? You can’t claim for the child allowance part of universal credit because you aren’t the parent claiming child benefit for them. You can apply for child benefit but they would contact her and ask her to agree to cancel her claim and let you claim instead.
    You can get council tax support for living alone.

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