EVERY day on our letters page our legal eagle Mike Corrigan answers your problems.

You can email letters or your legal queries to lancsletters@nqnw.co.uk. Here is today's question.

Q My daughter lives with a man who has £50 a week taken from his wages by Child Maintenance to pay for two children of a former girlfriend. He says only one of the children is his, but they have discovered that a DNA test will cost around £100. They are in danger of losing their house. Shouldn’t the CMS take their financial commitments into account?

A The CMS can take into account “essential living expenses” but they can’t take look at debt repayments. The amount of maintenance your daughter’s partner is called on to pay will depend on whether he’s being assessed under the new or old scheme. He will only have to pay for the DNA test if it reveals that he is the child’s father.

Legal questions answered by Mike Corrigan of Farleys Solicitors LLP. Farleys have offices in: Blackburn 01254 606000; Accrington 01254 606600; Burnley 01282 718000; and Manchester 0161 8359513.