Hi there and thank you for your question,
To be quite honest with you, I don't know if you have a claim against the department of justice. What exactly did they do to cause you damages?
Surely it was your wife / girlfriend who was claiming maintenance from you, and you now have a claim against her to re-pay you that maintenance?
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