No need to panic - Payments for child support or under a divorce settlement are not taken into account. You can safely receive maintenance payments in addition to Tax credits.
Also if at applies, payments made direct to the mortgage lender (instead of to the spouse and then to the mortgage company) can not be taken into account as maintenance as it is not paid directly to you.
Benefit adviser for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Thanks so much for clarifying this but I am still afraid as it isnt child maintenance ? This is money that goes into a bank account that I am named on purely for the mortgage. The tax credits booklet here with me on page 42 says DO NOT INCLUDE maintenance from a former partner. It does not specfy child maintenance. It's only on the website that if you click maintenance that comes up with child maintenance.
I want to ring up but I am half afraid to
Are maintenance payments taken into account when calculating tax credit entitlement
No. We don't take maintenance payments, such as, child support or payments under a divorce settlement into account. You will be able to have full use of any maintenance that you receive in addition to your tax credits.
That separates child support from payments under a divorce settlement and this is dated October 2007 so I THINK I am ok.