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Clare
Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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Hi, I am soon to become a single parent with 2 children, 5

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Hi, I am soon to become a single parent with 2 children, 5 and 10 years old.
I am looking to get a mortgage for about £100,000 and earn approximately £31,500 a year.
I was wondering if I am eligible for any benefit support, whether it be tax credit, child benefits, etc and if so how do I go about claiming them?
Yours faithfully,
Rachel Harris
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Claire and I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Are you not currently in receipt of Child Benefit?
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, I recieve £134 a month for my 2 children already.


Rachel

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi Rachel
You can check what you benefit entitlement would be here
http://www.entitledto.co.uk/ - and means that you can check out various scenarios if need be.
You may also of course receive Child maintenance as well - which does not effect your benefits
I hope that this is of assistance - do please ask if you need further details
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Thanks, how do I find out about child maintenance (who do I see/ask)?


Also, how do I go about finding out about sigle parent tax credits?


Rachel

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi Rachel
How much does your ex bring home each month?
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He earns just under £30000 per anum - does this effect child maintenance?
He is 57 so is not far off retirement age, whereas I am 40.


 


Having never applied for benefits before (except filling in child benefit form that was sent to me) I have no idea how you go about getting or applying for anything.

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Child Maintenace for two children is 20% of his net income at most less if he has the children overnight on a regular basis
The website I gave. You also gives advice on applications - but tax credits are claimed here
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/start/claiming/
Claire

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