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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are/were you married to her?
-How have you calculated child maintnenace?
-What is your gross income?
-How many nights on average do your children stay with you each week?
-Is her name on the title of the property?
-How much is the property worth and how much is any outstanding mortgage?
-Do either of you have any other properties or assets, if so what and what is their value?
-Is the father of the other children involved and in what way does he contribute?
-Does she have any qualifications?
Thank you. Firstly, as her name is ***** ***** the property and you are not married she has no legal or beneficial interest in the property and you can ask her to leave upon reasonable notice. When she leaves she will be made homeless and can apply to her local authority housing office who will assess whether they have a duty to accomodate her - this is likely as she has 4 children in her care and no other accommodation. You have no responsibility to maintain her and your only legal obligation at this time is for child maintenance which you are meeting. If the mother is unable to secure appropriate accommodation then she is able to apply to court for you to meet her housing needs for the benefit of the children, however, the court will assess both your full financial circumstances and will seek to ensure that she is maximising her earning potential. At this time, as she is unemployed and with no assets, she would be entitled to income support, child benefit, possible child tax credit and housing benefit. She therefore has potential to make a substantial claim for benefits.
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I see, apologies.
1. Child maintenance, if it is made under a voluntary arrangement between both of you can be paid in any way - however, she has a right to ignore this and apply to the child maintenance service as the money should legally be used to meet the needs of the children.
2. She could attempt to claim housing benefit if she were paying you rent- however, this is not clear and in any event if the housing office were to scrutinise the arrangement they may conclude that you are too closely related for housing benefit entitlement.
3. Unfortunately I can not think of any benefits entitlement both due to your high income and the equity in your property.
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