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Child Benefits after divorce

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29 Jan 18 #499139 by KnowledgeisPower
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My ex and I are divorced since June 2017, but separated since 2014.

She has been claiming child benefit up until now. She recently cancelled as she was worried that the rules state she cannot continue to claim.

We would both very much like for her to continue to claim the full amount possible for 2 kids.

She earns under $50k, I earn over hence for tax purposes does not make sense for me to claim.
The kids live with both of us but with her a bit more. And she is the primary carer.

She is worried that as she does not look after them 100% of the time, she is breaking the law by still claiming.

I have read that as long as she is primary carer and the kids mainly live with her, she can still claim benefits.

The issues seems to be how much time the kids live with each parent, in this case a little more with her.

Any advise appreciated.


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30 Jan 18 #499159 by WYSPECIAL
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Either parent can claim CB but only one can claim for each child. You just have to decide between yourselves who it is.A lot of separated parents with two children claim for one each. CB only make a decision if you both claim for the same child.

How much over £50k do you earn? Pension contributions may take you below the threshold if you want to be the claimant.

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