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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

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How do I get back a double payment?

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08 Aug 12 #348034 by rodsonofgod
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My ex has just made a claim with the CSA, what a shambles.
I have made payments by childcare voucher to her for July and August, the CSA claim was made on the 14th July. The CSA are now asking for me to pay through them from that date and won''t take the childcare vouchers into consideration. Has anybody got any great ideaa of how I can recoup these 6 weeks of payments from the CSA or my ex? Or can I kiss my Christmas fund goodbye?

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08 Aug 12 #348068 by WYSPECIAL
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Best thing to do would be to get your ex to write to them and state that they accepted the child care vouchers as payment for child maintenance.

Failing that if you have no written evidence that the vouchers were intended as a CM payment and not a gift I''m afraid your Christmas fund is gone.

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10 Aug 12 #348641 by Child Maintenance Options
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You become responsible for paying child maintenance through the Child Support Agency (CSA) at the date you are made aware of the application, either by phone or in writing. The CSA will not generally recognise child care vouchers as payment towards the sum they have calculated, unless your ex-partner accepts that these are in lieu of child maintenance. You will need to discuss the particular details of your case with the CSA.

If you would prefer to continue buying childcare vouchers instead of going through the CSA, could you and your ex-partner talk about arranging a Family Based Arrangement instead? Have a look at www.cmoptions.org for more information.

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10 Aug 12 #348685 by rodsonofgod
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Thanks, we had a family based arrangement (which has been fine for the past 18 months, never missed payment, gave more on occasion) hence the childcare vouchers (these were the arrangement). However in a bid for more my ex has called in the CSA (seems to have been given false hope of lots more lolly!)
I will speak to the ex and "ask" if she will speak with the CSA and confirm, although when I have questioned this with my case worker at CSA she doesn''t seem to want to get involved. Says there''s nothing she can do, more than her jobs worth, not within her procedures etc etc

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