Hi I’m new to this and I was hoping to get some advice my ex partner has stopped paying child maintenance as he became unemployed he is now self-employed and I know he’s earning around £200 a day as I was also in similar employment which is how we met, he is now claiming a very low income to the HMRC which obviously the CMS used to work out child maintenance. I am entitled to £19 a week which I appreciate however it’s the principal. He has holidays a nice car and a new partner and I am really struggling alone, he does not have any contact with his daughter as I was disowned for having a baby out of wedlock and did not abort my child. I have no support what so ever
Cms advised I can ask for a mandatory reconsideration (which will change nothing) and then take it to tribunal. Has any one done this before or have any experience? I know he has an accountant sorting his financial stuff but I was advised that the judge has the power to look in to his bank accounts and business accounts etc and he will be asked alot of questions.
The rate you were paid as a direct employee bear no reflection on what he is being paid.
It could be much lower due to austerity and an excess of candidates.
If he is receiving that and has an accountant then he will need offsetting a lot of that against expenses such as a car, tax, etc, reinvesting in his business, training etc. Profit. Whilst claiming a minimum wage income.
That sum equates to an income of minimum wage for three days a week or just under one day a week at the rate of pay you suggest.
Obviously if you feel he’s underpay ing you should pursue this. But I really doubt that you’ll gain anything. ….
Like I said with that information he’s most likely doing everything legitimately and you’re unlikely to gain anything. Especially if this isn’t a particularly established business where they can look at years worth of accoubts etc.
I’m afraid I can’t offer you any advice but I just wanted to let you know you are not alone here. My ex has done the exact same and is supposed to pay me £4 odd per week (which is an absolute insult – he earns way more than me, tax free too as not declared to HMRC) but fails to even pay this! It is so frustrating like you said when they have nice house, car etc and we are struggling trying to provide for the children. All I can say is that, for me, I just get in with it now, no amount of fighting etc has made a difference and it just got me down so I just provide the best I can and get on with my life, at the end of the day I can sleep at night knowing I am providing. I am sure you are doing your best, please try not to get too dragged down by this, when your child is older they will realise what has gone on and respect you for being so strong.