Stories

We hear hundreds of stories from single parents each year. Read some of these stories here, using our topic filter to help you find stories that are relevant to you.

Alone – Natalie’s #FixTheCMS story

Posted 28 July 2020

Natalie is one of the claimants for our #FixTheCMS legal challenge. Natalie is a single parent and former journalist who has used CMS for her two sons since 2015. She started off getting regular payment...

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Life in lockdown – Jennifer’s story

Posted 5 May 2020

“Sorry, we can’t help you.” As single parents with abusive ex-partners, this is something we hear again and again. They try every trick in the book – under-declaring their income, dissolving their businesses, hiding assets and...

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It isn’t about me: it’s about our children

Posted 5 October 2017

Lizzie, mum of twins, talks about her struggles accessing accurate and regular child maintenance, but it’s her children who end up losing out. A few months into single motherhood, I cracked a semi-joke about preferring the term...

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Our children deserve better

Posted 4 October 2017

I am writing this whilst perched on the toilet seat with my six-year-old son in the bath. Multitasking is something all parents become accustomed to, and none more so than those doing it alone. I gave...

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More support for the 1 in 4

Posted 4 October 2017

I have been a single parent for almost eight years and divorced for just over six and a half. I live alone with my daughter and I work full-time in local government. During our spare...

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Maintenance across borders

Posted 4 October 2017

Child maintenance One single parent discusses her struggles in trying to receive child maintenance from a former partner who moved abroad. My ex-husband stopped all maintenance and child support payments out of the blue on 1 January...

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A single parent’s view of the cuts

Posted 2 October 2017

Cuts to benefits and tax credits. Changes to the rules on what kinds support are available to help single parents. Charges to access the future statutory child maintenance system. It’s not been an easy ride...

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