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21 Sep 12 #357265 by Thorian14jade
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Does anyone know what happens with Child Benefit payments and child tax credits when you divorce and agree to have 50/50 care for your child as we have agreed that half the time our daughter will live with me and half the time with him, does the payment get split or how does it work? Also we earn too much as a couple to claim teax credits but on my own i wont earn enough so will I then be eigible for tax credits even though we have joint care for our child?

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21 Sep 12 #357266 by Fiona
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It isn''t possible for both parents to claim child benefit or tax credits for one child although when there or two children each parent can claim for one child each. In your situation when there is only one child it makes sense for the parent on the lower income to claim CB and tax credits as it means there is more money overall to support your daughter.

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12 Jan 13 #374033 by esishemolsogsi
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Same question as above, we both look after 3 kids 50;50, so do the credits get split 50;50 or is it wage dependent.
We are both low waged but she has higher housing costs.
Does anybody have any advice please

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04 May 13 #392073 by 99thChance
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I am in the same situation with my stbx.

We have 3 children who we will both look after 50:50. My stbx is increasing her hours and will become eligible for Tax credits, she will also get the child benefit.

I''m on about 25K gross a year and the Tax Credits people said I wouldn''t qualify for anything as a sole claimnant, so it makes sense for my stbx to claim for all 3 children. This should also decrease any payments I make as she won''t need so much to live on. In fact it''s quite likely she''ll have more money than me, maybe I should ask her to give me money?

Hope this helps.

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04 May 13 #392088 by 99thChance
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I''ve actually just used the Tax Credits calculator to work out much my stbx might get.

See taxcredits.hmrc.gov.uk/Qualify/DIQHousehold.aspx


If I''ve entered everything right, then the stbx will be entitled to over £10k a year in tax credits. Someone let me know if they think this is way off.

Adding this to her own income, plus she''ll also get child benefit, 3 children about 2.5k a year, she''ll have more money than me.

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04 May 13 #392094 by Gillian48
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I know I get child tax credits as I don''t work they are no where near that figure but I think working tax credits are maybe more?
They''ve just brought in Universal Tax credits - not sure which areas but maybe the figures might be different on that.
The whole benefit system is extremely confusing - CAB are the best ones to maybe confirm the amounts??
Sorry not much help but hope you get sorted! x

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04 May 13 #392096 by jslgb
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10k a year?? I dont think there are any circumstances where tax credits run so high! If there are it would be intresting to see how. Mine are nowhere near that, i get child tax credits at the highest rate!

As for your payments, if you go through the CSA they wont reduce at all. They just look at your income, not hers. How about it you claimed child benefit and tax credits for one child, and she claims for the other two? Would you be able to claim then?

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