Hello I’m new to Gingerbread and was hoping for a bit of advice. So basically my ex partner had an affair and walked out in 2017. For the first 6mths he was paying £500 a month for our two children (1&3) and we both agreed that would cover everything from daily living costs to school uniforms social activities etc. After 6mths he moved in with the other woman and dropped the maintenance payments down to £300 pm with no explanation. We went to mediation last year and he agreed in mediation to increase the payments again to £500. However this never happened and instead he reduced them even more to £200 pm (I think the other woman may have something to do with this decision but can’t be sure). Anyway I decided to go through CMS and they came back and said he only had to pay £68 pm. My ex is self employed, he has a successful business as does his now wife so I know full well he is hiding his earnings. He has continued to pay £200 pm and now uses this against me telling me he pays well over what CMS says he should pay. Where do I stand with this and is there anything I can do to make him pay fairly? I can only work part time due to not being able to afford childcare. I’ve suggested to him I go back to work full time but I’ve said I’ll need him to increase his maintenance to enable me to do so but he refuses and says it’s not his problem. I’ve reported him to HMRC for hiding his earnings but nothing seems to have come of it. Any advice would be gratefully recieved. Thanks
If self employed he can quite legitimately offset costs and expenses against earnings. If his new girlfr6has children this also reduces the amounts. It’s unlikely to be found in your favour I’m afraid.