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    I have been granted the status of Primary carer, although we share custody (doctors letters, correspondence with school, supplying text books etc) therefore get £50 a week. But now the ex has said I must supply everything that is shared, ie school shoes, uniform, basic school trips. I can’t see how this is fair. He earns double my salary, got a new spouse as soon as we were granted our divorce, whereas I am a single parent.

    He has always shirked his responsibilties and now states that our son will no longer get pocket money there and will be deprived.

    My understanding was that the payment was assessed by CM to make sure I can provide what I need to for our son, when he is here, not necessarily now just cover everything?

    He has been incredibly difficult from the start and we only communicate by email and his are vitriolic, so not helpful.

    Any advise / help would be gratefully received.

    Thank you very much, in advance.



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    Hi there

    I can recommend that you give the Gingerbread single parent helpline a call.  They will hopefully be able to help you explore your options.  Hope that helps, Justine

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