Can anyone offer any advice. I left my husband in August as he would not leave the home, I am divorcing him, on grounds of unreasonable behaviour as he will not admit adultery.
Anyway, I work school hours and collect our son from school every day except one Friday a fortnight. We have shared residence at the moment. However, even on his night of a Wednesday and Thursday, I still give our son his dinner.
I have been claiming the CTC as I earn 11k per annum and he earns 18k. He is living in our big house mortgage free and I am having to rent at 595 per month.
I have had to fill a form in for the CTC as has he, to detail who pays for what, and who does school collection, holidays etc.
Does anyone have any experience of this and who you think will be awarded the CTC as I am worried like mad I will lose it, and consequently will really struggle to live without it.
With it I will have £90.00 per week to live off. Without it, I cannot imagine what I will do.
Any comments or peace of mind from your experience is welcomed.
CTC is usually paid to the parent in receipt of Child Benefit.
In cases where there is a dispute between the parents as to who is entitled to claim, the Tax Office will ask for details such as you have stated above, and then make a decision based on that. If you can back up your "evidence" with emails, etc. confirming any arrangements that would help your case.
If your son is spending just 2 nights per week with his Father, I cant see how the tax office would award him the CTC.
Shared residence doesn't always determine that a child will spend an equal amount of time with each parent, and it makes good economic sense for the parent earning less to claim CTC, as it means that the child will not be subject to a huge disparity of household income between the two homes.