What follows is a direct email received form a dad last night. It is an issue that arrives on the desk of OnlyDads every week. It seems to me that there is a real burden of proof placed on Dads to show that his children really do live with him.
What I do know, is that when a dad suddenly finds that he has his child(ren) move in with him, something dramatic will have happened! The last thing on a dads mind at times like this will be to ensure all relevant authorities are informed in the correct manner! Rather he will be probably be coping with difficult and complex emotions, urgent changes to bedroom allocation etc, and the day to day practicalities of getting his child into school every day.
I’m not sure what advice we can offer this Dad – any thoughts will be most welcome…
Hi can anyone help me please. I am a single dad and my child is 14.She came to live with me on the 11th of April. From that date I rang child benefit and told them she was living with me. I also rang child credits,and also my housing as i could get help with my rent. The child benefit has written to me saying that my ex-wife said she was living with her up to the 16 July. I’ve written back a few times sending info to them but they still need more info to make a decision. I have been into her school and they said they would write me a letter but the letter they have sent me is saying I informed them on the 7th of June. They are now asking for a letter of social services or GP which none of these i have had to contact. Could anyone please help me as I don’t know how I can show any other way she was living with me from that date. As all this is going on I cannot claim anything else until I get the child benefit. Many thanks. C