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Did you have a financial settlement when you divorced? Were the children mentioned in it in relation to maintenance?
The following is useful info to assist you with the site:
Your route will be via the CMS to make a claim then. Child Maintenance Service.
However, if the father is self employed there is always the risk that he is not fully declaring his income to HMRC, which is where the CMS get their records from in order to calculate the maintenance. You will need to start your claim immmediately as the CMS typically do not backdate payments. See the link for how to start the claim: childmaintenanceservice.direct.gov.uk
The alternative is to apply for a lump sum payment for the children via Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. This is more complicated and you will need to see a solicitor. You can find one here: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk
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