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    Hello, new here! I’m hoping that someone may have a positive story regarding the FIU. I can’t find info anywhere.
    My ex claims to earn £9k per year – £5.05 per hour. He’s employed by a friend who is clearly paying him some ‘normal’ wage and the remaining amount cash.
    If he was earning this he would be entitled to UC – which he doesn’t claim for.
    his yearly rent is almost his salary so the maths clearly don’t add up.

    My case has been referred to the FIU. I was told someone would call me but this hasn’t happened as yet.

    My question is – do the FIU work away in the background then get in touch with me? I have no idea as to how it works.

    My ex isn’t a complex earner or self employed so I’m guessing he’ll be easy to investigate.

    any advice would be so much appreciated

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    Its unlikely they will do anything. They tend to investigate cases where its clear they are abusing the process. ie own houses

    expensive cars and lead a lavish lifestyle where its abundantly clear they should be paying a lot more

    #51894 Report


    thanks for your reply. I hope they do continue to investigate as it’s blatantly obvious he’s bumping the system.
    he also promotes a club night which can make thousands per night so they know about this too.
    What they are questioning is how he can live off £ which in itself is now legal to pay someone.

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    My ex is now being fully investigated by the FIU. I received a call yesterday to say they were taking my case on. I’ve waited 3 years for this!

    #52025 Report

    hi Toptail, I’m sorry to hear you’re going through this.  Our single  parent helpline might be able to explain the process.   Please do call on 0808 802 0925 to speak to an adviser.  Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.  The Helpline is open Monday 10-6, Tuesday 10-4, Wednesday 10-1 and 5-7 and Thursday and Friday 10-4.


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    I am in a similar position. My ex husband gave up a decent paid job and went to work for his very wealthy parents 7 years ago – 2 years after we separated and divorced (he had been paying the correct amount according to his salary up until this point as lawyers were involved). He has sunce claimed to earn only £10k per annum for the past 7 years as a Director in his family business. Claims that his parents “gift” him his house and his expensive car and pay for his holidays etc. He pays a token amount of maintenance, just over what the CMS calculator works out for a £10k salary. I think the time has come to go to the CMS and ask for him to be investigated, but I have heard they are not very efficient in dealing with cases like this which is why i have avoided stressing myself over it . Any tips from your experience? Would be much appreciated.

    For context, he moved to the other side of the UK to take up this £10k role, a good 7 hours drive away/a flight and rarely sees his child, a handful of times per year at most. Child now very reluctant to see Dad as do not really know him to be quite frank and have worked out that he lies lies lies! He has made minimal effort at keeping in touch for last 7 years.

    Would I be wasting my time going to the CMS if he has his finances wrapped up to show he earns only £10k per year?

    Thanks for any help 🙄

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