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
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
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.