Hi thank you for responding. I had a relationship breakdown and had to move out of my ex partners house, (not the kids father). I did not want to take my children into homeless accommadation, which I regret now. so I arranged for my children to go to their dads. He did not actually take them till 8 months after asking him. In that time I moved into a private rented house. I notified Tax credits of my change of circumstances after I moved out of ex partners house and for 8 months I did not receive any money that I should have been entitled to. I was still getting child benefit but not child tax. Due to this, I could not afford the rent or bills and was having to live off income support alone. Inland Revenue never did pay me in this time and i still dont know why. I was told that it had been escalated and there was nothing I needed to do or that I could do but wait. And that was the highest person that I could speak to. I had to leave the rented house and that was when kids father had them. I then notified the change to inland Revenue. If I was receiving the money I was entitled to, I would have been ok and avoided homeless accommodation. I have my childrens best interest at heart. I would not persue this if the kids dad was fair, but he is controlling and unfair. He works 3 days a week and has a non registred baby sitter or uses his girlfriend when they should be with me, so I want to go to court for joint custody.
I was seeing them three days a week while he works.
No. I am living with a friend who I pay rent to. I can have my children here but I do plan to get a 1 bedroom flat very soon.