Single dad in SW has a question or two

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    My wife cheated on me earlier in the year and she decided to leave the house in may.

    We have 2 young boys, over a fortnight she has them 8 nights and me 6. Because she works 30 hours and me 34.5 – she’s deemed as the main carer and as a result gets Universal Credit for both kids. She actually earns more per hr (and month) than I do, but she rents whereas I’m in the family home. What i pay for the mortgage, she comes out on top with UC minus rent .We’re going to start mediation soon.

    I’m trying to find the money to buy her half of the mortgage. I’ll need to work more in my spare time to try and take on the mortgage on by myself.

    If this all works out, is it reasonable to apply for universal credit for one of the kids? She would still have UC for the other. In my eyes,  things will be on an even level. I’m still coping with losing my best friend in my spare time – I don’t want to have to work more hours.

    Many thanks for your thoughts/opinions/experiences



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