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    singlemum1988
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    My ex partner has not paid any money for our child since March. When I asked for financial support he said I was entitled to £10 a week because he has to support his other child that lives with him. My ex works & claims benefits & his partner of a month has moved in with her child. She works too & gets child maintenance for her child. My ex owns his house out right so doesn’t pay rent. I explained I needed to buy school uniform etc & have sold clothes, toys, anything I can to make ends meet. I was so desperate I started to skip meals to lower my food shop bill just so I could scrape enough money together to buy everything my child needs for back to school. My ex just laughed & said I needed to learn what being a single parent was all about.

    I’m at a loss of what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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    Afallingrock
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    Hi sorry to hear about your situation. Pretty sure it’s a legal obligation to pay child maintenance. Are you claiming everything you can from universal credit and the rest?

    Maybe tell the council he can’t afford to pay and see if they can do something instead

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    Afallingrock
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    Hi sorry to hear about your situation. Pretty sure it’s a legal obligation to pay child maintenance. Are you claiming everything you can from universal credit and the rest? 

    Maybe tell the council he can’t afford to pay and see if they can do something instead

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    singlemum1988
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    Trouble is he can afford to pay but is refusing or saying all I’m entitled too is £10 a week. He also says he has to financially support his partners child but she work & gets child maintenance from her ex. He’s been on weekends away with her & her family, gone out for meals and on nights out drinking but still says he won’t pay no more than £10. He has always paid half of everything for our child but because he has a new partner he refuses. I know he earns between £200-250 a week wage wise

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    picklepie24
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    Open a case with the child maintenance service, they will assess him and tell him what he should be paying.  He will get a reduction because there is a child living with him but you should get more than £10.  If he still refuses to pay they will deduct the money straight from his wages.

    Are there any school uniform grants you can apply for?  I know in my area you can get about £140 if you qualify and if you’re short of food is there a food bank you could use to help you out.

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