Yes, I did when the both moved in 100%. They were then 12 and 15 and the csa said I could only have money based on the paperwork I have, ie an equal residence share. They said in order to get full maintenance I have to go to court and get custody.
Yes, also tax credits. The csa paperwork states clearly that the payment is on the basis that the father has the children at least 52 nights a year, because I was told by the csa that I cannot claim fully without getting custody. I asked my lawyer 2 years ago whether some default kicks in once they have been with me for a year, but she said no, the only option is court
He is selfemployed and declares only 25% of his true income. The paperwork says his weekly income is £172 and he has the kids at least 52 nights/year. He pays £14.41 on direct pay. I presume he told the csa that he sees them less now (but he doesn't see them at all), because it was £9.50 last year. If that's the case then it's outrageous that he can tick a box indicating contact time and I can't. The online calculator says that based on £172/wk and 52+ nights I should get £22. Surely the new tax year can't have brought an increase of 50%. It's all peanuts, but I still wonder.
Sole trader, doesn't claim any benefits.
This is a tricky one to answer. Simple answer, no. Complicated answer: He is a freelance musician who runs festivals and orchestras etc. There has always been the danger of VAT because of the high turnover, and VAT registration would slash 75% of his income because he would be no longer competitive. His concert diary is online and 18 months ago I have given the IR the online diary link, plus estimates of payment/income etc for 3 previous tax years (2011-2014), for each concert with name of organiser. All they have to do is contact the organiser and ask how much and how he was paid and then ask for evidence of it being paid in. I also told them how much he is likely to pay the musicians he hired and how much he keeps for himself, all based on experience from when we were married and I was excluded from all financial things because I was unhappy with how he did it all. The IR are spectacularly useless with these things. I would have thought that there would have been at least a slight increase in his declared income on the CSA paperwork in December 2014 after an IR investigation, but not really. He pays in cheques at banks abroad and may pay (or avoid) tax in 2 countries to avoid VAT registration and the CSA (but I don't know whether that works), and given what I know from when we were married it is likely that he has opened bank accounts abroad forging signatures of his elderly father to shift money around and make it look like gifts when the money comes back to the UK. He gets rent from a room, probably £350/month minimum and he has paid off his 85k mortgage in 4 years. But there is nothing I can do about that if the IR doesn't pull their finger out.