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Understanding State Benefits in Divorce - What you need to know

Recorded on 21st July and available to download from 24th July.

Presented by Joseph Moore, 1 Garden Court Chambers

Topics covered;

- Who makes decisions about benefits?

- Information you need when assessing which benefits are available to the client/

  the parties:

- Social security definitions of a couple

- Married but separating: Still under the same roof

- Finding out which benefits and tax credits you can get

- Summary of non – means tested benefits or statutory payments

- What are means tested benefits and tax credits

- Is further help available?

- Main benefits available post separation and to whom

- Who can claim working tax credit ?

- How much is Working Tax Credit?

- How much can you get?

- Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit

- What is Child Tax Credit?

- Who can claim Child tax credits?

- Help with child care costs

- Education

- Who counts as a child

- Responsible for a child

- Shared care arrangements

- Priority between claimants       

- Residing Together

- Separation and the priority rules

- It is possible to be absent from one another while you are living under the same

  roof  – e.g., if you are maintaining separate households.

- Why it's important to claim child benefit

- Child Benefit if you earn more than £50,000

- How to apply for Child Benefit

- Examples of payments that can be met by housing benefit

- Future changes – Universal Credit

About our presenter

Joseph’s practice covers a wide range of family law including: private children, financial remedy, cohabitation and domestic abuse. He represents clients in all tiers of court. His practice encompasses private law children matters involving complex contact and residence disputes. Joseph represents and advises parties in financial remedies upon divorce and claims under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.

He regularly accepts instructions in injunctive proceedings involving serious domestic violence and abuse.

Prior to the successful completion of pupillage at 1 Garden Court, Joseph worked as an advocate for the National Youth Advocacy Service representing children’s wishes and feelings in accordance with the requirements of Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this role, following the Convention, Joseph promoted the rights of children and young people to be consulted in decision making and to be provided with the opportunity to be heard in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Joseph has also worked in schools teaching and mentoring children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.


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