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    I’m new here 👋🏻

    I am running out of places to help I have claimed child maintenance for 3 years, 18 months of those 3 years my child’s father has attempted every stunt going to avoid paying. The first stunt he requested a DNA test until he realised he had to pay for it. Now he is on universal credit and has higher priority debts (what’s higher priority than a child???) I have received £29 in 18 months. I have written to my MP who can’t help I am out of options

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    similar situation. If you find a way forward I’d love to hear it. Even though using collect service they collect ~£26 per month which is not the agreed amount is much higher and this agreement was made by a tribunal with CMS he took me too. I have sole care of our 3 children.

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    Hi Bettsy


    I am one of the moderators on the forum. The Gingerbread helpline is one of the only agencies who give detailed, personalised advice about child maintenance.

     The advisers will be able to talk you through what’s happening now and will be able to help you to explore your options.  It may take a little while to get through so please be patient.   Here are their details:

    • Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925

    Opening hours:  Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4  They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered.

    I hope this information is useful and I wish you the best of luck for the future.


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