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    <span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>Hi there,</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>Just looking for advice regarding my situation any info and guidance would be really appreciated.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>Sorry if someone else has already asked the question but I am seeking clarity in where her or not I should actually be continuing paying maintenance for my daughter as no one seems to know the answer (cms or child benefit office) but will only listen to my estranged wife.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>I have a daughter who left school in June 2017 after completing her National 5’s exams in Scotland. Initially she joined a local hair dresser and was promised to be taken on as an apprenticeship with private tuition. In October 2017.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>In late October 2017 she moved to another hair salon and started a new apprenticeship on a full time basis.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>She is fully employed by the salon as a junior stylist and works over 35 hours a week there getting paid £140 a week (more than the 24 hours a week meaning she is ineligible to qualify for child benefit which my estranged wife is still claiming).</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>She doesn’t attend college as all the training (3/4 hours on a Wednesday morning) is provided by senior staff members of the salon – this also doesn’t meet the child benefit eligibility as she would need to be in training / education for an average of 12 hours a week minimum and not paid for by the employer.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>The last maintenance payment I made was in December as my daughter turned 16 in November 2017.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>I phoned the cms and they were satisfied the case is to be closed and no further payments to be made.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>My estranged wife has since called the cms to re-open the case in March 2018 insisting that as our daughter is in an apprenticeship she is still entitled to maintenance payments. They have backdated this request to January 2018. They have now put in a request to arrest my wages to clear the arrears of over £1,500 and take payments going forward.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>They have sent me 4 letters all of which have been sent to an incorrect address and returned to them.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>I have continually explained to them that my daughters employment and apprenticeship doesn’t meet the eligibility criteria for child benefit payments. But as the child benefit payments are still being made I am liable to continue making the maintenance payments.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>So basically I just need to know should I still be paying maintenance for my daughter? As I do t believe my estranged wife should be claiming child benefit or maintenance based on the above.</span><br style=”box-sizing: border-box; outline: none; clear: both; display: block; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;” /><span style=”caret-color: #1a1f24; color: #1a1f24; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>Thanking you in advance for your assistance.</span>

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