Can anyone help (appealing to any CM operators in particular).
I have reason to believe my 17 year old daughter has moved in with her boyfriends family and is studying and working part time in a different county to her mum (65 miles away). It would appear that my ex Wife can continue to claim child benefit for my daughter as long as she passes an equivalent amount of money to the primary carer. My question is this: does this mean that I must continue paying child maintenance to my ex wife as she is the one claiming child benefit? If so this appears to be a loophole in the system. Surely my ex Wife should also pass on the child maintenance I pay?
I suspect my ex Wife has come to an arrangement with my daughters boyfriends family, but I have no visibility of this and I want to be sure that all the money I pay is passed on.
I will be contacting the CMS directly soon, but I have no faith in the staff there as they never seem competent whenever I speak to them, so I wanted to speak to them from a position of knowledge.
I think if I'm right then if your ex is still getting child benifit, then you would need to continue to pay the CMS payment, they work on the basis that if child benifit is being claimed then child maintenance should be paid, I'm not sure if they look into whether the child is still living at the mothers address.
I would talk with them and see what they say.