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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


maintenance/full time education age limit ?

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04 Dec 15 #470381 by Fiona
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rfowler, do you have a court/Consent Order for child maintenance & if so when is it dated.? The exact terms are relevant. The solicitor may be representing your ex''s point of view with regard to the terms . If there is no order or the existing one is no longer effective you could apply to the Child Maintenance Service so it''s worth negotiating.

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04 Dec 15 #470390 by WhiteRose
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The problem is sometimes wording can be misinterpreted.

Are you still in receipt of Child Benefit?

You would need to dig out your order and see what the exact wording is (maybe post the wording to this specific bit in a new post without using any identifying information) and our wiser wikis could give their opinion.

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07 Dec 15 #470480 by Child Maintenance Options
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Hello Rfowler

If you have a Consent Order/Minute of Agreement in place, you may wish to see what is stipulated within your agreement as to where you stand with your payments. Alternatively, you may wish to seek legal advice.

Under child support legislation, regular child maintenance payments must be made until a child is 16 years old, or 20 if they are in full-time, non-advanced education (A-level or equivalent), or for as long as Child Benefit is being paid. When a child leaves full-time education in the summer, Child Benefit generally continues until the first week of September.

For further information on when maintenance ends and what courses are classed as full-time non-advanced education, you may find the following link useful www.gov.uk/when-child-maintenance-payments-stop

For more information on the different ways to set up child maintenance and for a more personalised service, you can visit the Child Maintenance Options website at www.cmoptions.org

The DWP have a sorting out separation web-app that you may find useful. It offers help and support to separating and separated families. The link is: www.wikivorce.com/divorce/Sorting-Out-Separation.html

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William

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