Child benefit appeal advice
Just wondering if anyone here is good on child benefit appeal advice? Basic outline I was in receipt of the child benefit for around 8-9 years. Had shared care with my daughter she spent a bit more time with me and I did most of the running around. Last year her mother kicked her out, she came and lived with me full time for nine months. Then out of the blue her mum then coerced her away from me and i barely saw her for 12 weeks before thankfully she came back for half the time again once made up with her mum. In the time her mother took her she applied for the child benefit. She has now been awarded it despite the fact that for last year my daughter stayed over night with me 75% of the time, her doctors and school are registered with me, i pay for her clubs, school uniform etc etc, mother done very little. Despite me telling HMRC all of this they have found in the mother's favour as she stayed with her mum from the period when she put in the claim for three weeks. She has been awarded the benefit and say that as the shared care is now equal they cannot transfer it back. Im pretty aghast at their decision so looking for any advice to help me with my appeal.
I also recommend this CMS group. They are also experienced with child benefit issues: https://facebook.com/groups/239699060076601/
I'm not sure if this will help but me and the ex have a joint account which is used for childcare, clothing etc. The child benefits, although under my ex's name, gets paid into this account. This way it doesn't matter to us who claims the benefit as it goes to a central place - would this be an option for you?
Thanks both - I will join the group. No chance on the joint account but is a good idea!