My stbxh recently claimed he''d had a letter saying we owed x amount of tax credits in an overpayment. Tax credits have always gone into my account and i continued the claim in my own name. We did have an overpayment so we didnt claim after we married, and so i started a new claim after he left. However, not once have i received any information to say there is an overmpayment on any account.
Recently i have had to request an awful lot of information from tax credits about previous joint claims for other financial matters and not once have i been told about any overpayment!!
If your stbx isnt aware of the overpayment and she has continued the claim then i would assume it is most probably an error on HMRC''s part.
Usual rule of thumb re tax credits is to advise after a change has happened, ie becoming a single parent, changing address, change of income etc - this is because they can''t activate any changes to your claim until the changes have taken place.
I informed them of the divorce petition I sent in April this year, they asked if we were seperated I replied words to the effect that we had trouble in our marriage since 2008, but we still live in the same home. It appears they have taken this as confirmation that we were seperated since 2008. Even now we are not seperated but are in the divorce process which I beleive should go to a mediator before the courts get involved.
We have both lived in our home and take care of our children even though we are not on friendly terms.
So exactly how long have you been living separate lives? Does this include keeping finances separate and sleeping in different beds? Because for all intents and purposes this would be when you separated, living together or not i assume.