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How much does his ex really get?

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WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:11:34

How much money does a single parent get in benefits? I ask because my partner is paying his ex over the odds in maintenance because he thinks she is getting next to nothing. However, a friend of mine says his ex gets more money than him due to the amount of benefit she receives.

Can anyone tell me how much (roughly) per month it's possible to get as a single SAHM with one child? Bearing in mind that she is living in their old house with a mortgage on it?

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:13:09

it's none of your business because what she gets doesn't effect what your partner should pay. if he wants to give more thats up to him.

ilovepowerhoop Wed 09-Jan-13 11:13:18

how long is a piece of string?!

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 09-Jan-13 11:15:37

Would you like to tell us what you earn first?

The maintenance is for his DCs not his ex wife.

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:16:51

Thanks Booyhoo. Sadly it is my business because we live together and share finances, plus we want to have a child together in the near future.

Just after an idea of what she might be entitled to. For instance, can you get housing benefit to pay the mortgage? If she got a part-time job when SD starts full-time school in September, how will that affect things? etc.

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:19:24

it's still none of your business what she gets in benefits because as i said, what she gets DOES NOT AFFECT WHAT HE HAS TO PAY!

stop trying to pry into her financial affairs! she is entitled to financial privacy.

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:19:43

AKiss - not sure why it's relevant what I earn but thanks for your advice.

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:20:50

Booyhoo - sorry if I've hit a nerve, I only ask because he could pay a lot less and might have to, we don't want her to struggle but we will need to find a better balance, eventually.

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:21:06

he would have to pay 15% of his income whether she gets every benefit going or is millionaire. her income does not affect what he has to pay for the upkeep of his child!

groundhogday17 Wed 09-Jan-13 11:21:32

I'm not sure what financial privacy you get when your income comes from the state. Most information is publicly available in terms of state benefits I would have thought

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:22:14

Yes, I'm aware of that, he pays more than the minimum and I don't think she's being honest about her situation.

groundhogday17 Wed 09-Jan-13 11:22:21

"her income does not affect what he has to pay for the upkeep of his child"

My reading of the OP was that he was paying in excess of what he "has to pay", so not sure your comment is relevant

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:22:50

dont try and pull that shite with me. you aren't concerned about her struggling! you want her to go back to work thinking it'll cost you your OH less in maintenance. well it wont. he'll still be liable for 15% of his income.

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:23:47

groundhog - it's hard to actually work out what she would get, I've never been in her situation so I thought it would be quick and easy to ask on here.

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:24:15

groundhog, if you re read my post you will see that i said "does not affect what he HAS (as in compulsory minimum) to pay" i didn't say what he is paying.

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:25:47

Booyhoo - I am concerned about her struggling, I care about my SD. He pays her a lot more than 15% currently.

Portofino Wed 09-Jan-13 11:26:01

What does your DP have to say about this?

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:26:22

and groundhog, OP has no idea of the mother's benefit status. unless she has access to her account she has no clue what is being received. she can only guess based on figures provided by Govt but those are guidelines.

LineRunner Wed 09-Jan-13 11:26:56

I am a lone parent and I have never had a penny of help towards the mortgage even when on very low pay.

Rikalaily Wed 09-Jan-13 11:27:51

Believe me when I say that single mothers on benefits do not get much at all, I was on benefits for a while after my ex left and had three children, my rent and council tax were fully paid but I still only had about £30 a month left over after I'd paid for everything else (I had just £90 to cover everything for Christmas that year and it was just awful), my ex contributed nothing for the first two years.

But as previous posters have said, it's neither here nor there what she gets, your partner is paying for his child and if he's willing to contribute more than the CSA level then good on him for doing what is right by his child. This is just something that you will have to live with as you chose to be with a man who already had a child.

WaspFactory Wed 09-Jan-13 11:27:59

I was hoping for something along the lines of "I'm a single SAHM and I get £XXX per month in my hand + £XXX housing benefit + £XXX CT benefit, etc."

groundhogday17 Wed 09-Jan-13 11:28:07

I did read your post Booyhoo. And the OP wasn't questioning him continuing to pay what he "has to pay", moreover the fact that he is paying above this.

Wasp - yes I can imagine it's difficult to work out. I was questionning people suggesting she should have financial privacy when her income is from the state and benefit amounts are freely publicised

BigPigLittlePig Wed 09-Jan-13 11:29:12

Sympathies - my dh was paying well above the necessary amount to his ex-p because she "couldnt pay the bills" Could afford to go out and get pissed 3 times a week though

Luckily for us this has now been addressed - he pays what the CSA suggest he should (there's an online calculator), and for bigger expenses eg, new school uniform, school trips etc we split the costs. We would never see his dd go without, but equally, his ex-p needs to take some responsibility for her own finances and cut costs accordingly like the rest of us do

Booyhoo Wed 09-Jan-13 11:30:04

"I was hoping for something along the lines of "I'm a single SAHM and I get £XXX per month in my hand + £XXX housing benefit + £XXX CT benefit, etc." "

yes i know exactly what you were hoping for! again. none of your business.

groundhogday17 Wed 09-Jan-13 11:32:04

Goodness day in day out I see threads where an OP is asking about stuff that could well come under the "none of your business" banner. Funnilly eniough on other topics no-one really actually says that though.

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