Thank you. He needs to get better advice. This isn’t blackmail. Blackmail is unwarranted demands with menaces and this is simply “playing the game” as he is. So she has no need to worry about that.
However she does need to worry about being evicted because once she is in two months arrears, she can be served with a section 8 notice to quit and that doesn’t have a two-month wait.
If she is consistently late paying the rent, she can have a section 8 notice that and although being consistently late, possession is at the court’s discretion, if she is two months in arrears, there is no discretion although if she brings the arrears up to date immediately before the hearing, then a section 8 notice to quit on the grounds of two months arrears will fail.
I don’t know how he has withheld two years of child benefit because of its in a joint account, she will have access to it and child benefit is only payable to one parent, but there is no facility for it to be paid Jointly although it could be paid into a joint account. She needs to get that changed immediately to an acct in her sole name.
I’m assuming that he is paying child maintenance and if he isn’t, she needs to immediately contact the Child Maintenance Service. He really won’t like them on his back!
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