Can I claim child maintenence if my ex husband is on PIP due to a major stroke

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    kingfishers1-2
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    Hi,

    I separated from my ex husband in 2012. He was not working and has not paid one penny towards the upkeep of our three children.

    In 2017 he had a major stroke due to his lifestyle choices and is now disabled. He cannot talk or walk. He and his partner claim PIP and other benefits as she is his fulltime carer.

    It’s been really tough at times bringing up my three children, working full time and trying to run a house, car and so on. I knew I wouldn’t get a penny out  of him before his stroke as he has not worked since 2011.

    So I’m not sure if I can claim for child maintenance now? It sounds a bit harsh taking from a disabled man but he has not contributed to anything for all three since he gave up his job and I ended up working three jobs to pay our mortgage, when he had an affair we separated and he would no move out o our home so I ended up moving out with the children, we lost our house as he could not afford the mortgage.

    I am bitter about this even now 7 years later, in hindsight I should’ve taken him to court to get him out but at the time I didn’t feel like that was the right thing to do for then three young children.

    Not sure if I can and should claim.

     

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