If you’re getting divorced and can’t pay the costs from your savings, what can you do?
You don’t have to get divorced or dissolve your civil partnership using a solicitor. You can do it yourself or use mediation instead. But most couples still use a divorce lawyer, and that means there will be legal bills to pay. If you can’t pay from savings and you don’t qualify for legal aid, how can you afford it?
Can you get a maintenance order extended because of increases in the state pension age?
Increases in the state pension age for women could mean maintenance payments run out before the state pension kicks in.
If you’re divorced and you receive maintenance (as opposed to child support) from your ex husband, you may find the payment stops before your state pension kicks in. The state pension age has been rising to 65 for women born after April 5th 1950 and will rise to 66 by October 2020. Before 2010, women could get the state pension at 60 and that’s when many maintenance orders end. What can you do?
Parents with two or more children will have to use a new child maintenance service from today if they can’t agree maintenance between them.
The Child Support Agency is being replaced by the Child Maintenance Service and, from today, parents who have two or more children (by the same parents) will have to use the Child Maintenance Service if they want help arranging child support/maintenance payments, not the CSA. Eventually, all parents will either have to come to an agreement between them or use the Child Maintenance Service. What’s changing?