I have 50-50 shared care of son, 7 nights out of every 14.
I will be retraining as a teacher from September. If I am the main carer for my child then I get a better grant to support my son while I train.
However the standard criteria to be the main parent for student grant purposes is to have my name on the child benefit book. Which I don''t. The child benefit book was made in my ex-wife''s name.
I have been asked to submit alternative evidence to show that I am the main carer. I can submit the Court Order showing 50-50 shared care, and the CSA letter showing that financially support his 50% time with his mum.
I think the address your child uses on there application will be relevant too it will demonstrate where they consider themself to reside if it''s not your address it may mean the other parent has to apply.
Sorry, I should have made clear. My son is only six years old. It''s me who''s applying for the grant, and if I am the ''main parent'' then I get an additional grant to support my son while I am training.