An Islamic Dilemma

As many know, Islamic marriage rules are complicated because of so many intermarriages. This is just one example of a dilemma that can arise because of this phenomenon:

Dear Benefits Office Manager,
My name is Mohammed Reza and I live in Tower Hamlets London and I would like to present before you the following story. Many years ago, I married a widow out of love who had an 18-year-old daughter.
After the wedding, my father, a widower, came to visit a number of times, and he fell in love with my step-daughter. My father eventually married her without my authorization.
As a result, my step-daughter legally became my step-mother and my father my son-in-law.
My father’s wife (also my step-daughter) and my step-mother, gave birth to a son who is my grandchild because I am the husband of my stepdaughter’s mother. This boy is also my brother, as the son of my father.
As you can see, my wife became a grandmother, because she is the mother of my father’s wife. Therefore, it appears that I am also my wife’s grandchild.
A short time after these events, my wife gave birth to a son, who became my father’s brother-in-law, the step-son of my father’s wife, and my uncle.
My son is also my stepmother’s brother, and through my step-mother, my wife has become a grandmother and I have become my own grandfather.
In light of the above mentioned, I would like to know the following:
Does my son, who is also my uncle, my father’s son-in-law, and my stepmother’s brother, fulfil the requirements for receiving childcare benefit?
Sincerely yours,
Mohammed.

See what I mean! I would hate to be the benefits manager who has to sort this out.

Oh! By the way, it’s not a real story.

Roy.

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