When relationships end the financial pressures that often ensue can be very worrying and stressful. Many people do not know their rights and when in the process of separating or divorcing suddenly discover that they might not have been claiming the right benefits. Sometimes, even obvious things such as claiming Child Benefit or Disability Living Allowance for a disabled child can be overlooked.
The course of action is to keep on top of these things if you can but finding yourself in a difficult domestic situation may well prompt you to check online or take advice from a local citizens advice bureau or similar organisation. Even in an era of financial cuts there are organisations out there who can help you free of charge and give you the right advice. Many of them will be able to do a benefits check quite quickly.
This advice applies to all households but unclaimed benefits that were of little concern in a two income household can make all the difference during and after separation or divorce.
Principal Director of ASM PLUS, civil/commercial, workplace, employment, family and educational mediator and trainer with a judicial/legal background. He has knowledge and expertise in dispute resolution in a wide range of areas and disciplines and mediates online.