Today I received a letter from HMRC to ask if I should continue claiming as a single person and then it started to list why I shouldn’t, the first one said- you are married or in a civil patnership- even if you don’t live together.
I separated from my husband 6 years ago and still am separate but I am unable to divorce him due to my Christian faith.
I am a bit concerned that they should class this as married when I live a completely separate life to my husband.
I was separated from my husband for 5 years until i eventually managed to get a divorce, during that time I never had a problem with my tax credits. Maybe they mean people who live separately but are still really together. If you can prove you have totally separate lives there shouldn’t be a problem. I got a letter like that when someone reported to them that i was with someone (my ex reported me, i wasn’t with anyone he’s just vile) like they were giving me a chance to own up.
Thanks for taking the time to write. I had a look on some web sites and it made things a bit clearer about who they can class as a ‘couple’ and they can’t class someone who is separated in circumstances in which the separation is likely to be permanent, which mine is.