Hello can anyone help I am seperated from my ex for over two years I have been battling through the court to have.contact with my.children and I have now in place 15 days and nights a month with joint and shared custody I am at this moment on jsa single person and I am struggling ti put food in the table as I have been ti my solicitor and they can not force my ex to split all child benefit all I am asking from her is some help with putting food in the table for our children all the child benefit tell me that since she has our children 16 hours more than me they can not do any thing how is thus right:S
If she is perceived as being the main carer, which can be determined by the number of nights a child spends with a parent, so if the children are with her for just one extra night a month, chances are she will be viewed as the main carer.
Its possible to "share" child benefit and other related benefits like Child Tax Credits where there is shared parenting in place. So you would each claim for one child (assuming you have two).
It makes economic sense for the parent who is on the much lower income, and where there is a shared parenting arrangement in place, to claim ALL the relevant child-related benefits as this means children are not going from one financially stable household to one that is struggling financially. Meaning that the children have a much better quality of life with both parents overall.