I wonder if anyone has any experience of my situation. My ex and I had a Clean Break settlement and he now just pays maintenance for our 3 children.
Last year we put all three into private school, he agreed to this but hasn't and now won't sign the contract as being jointly responsible for the fees. So far he has paid nearly 50% of the fees and acknowledged in writing to me for the first term, that this money was for the fees. He gives me a cheque rather than paying the school direct but he has made the cheque a couple of hundred short!. I have to pay for the balance and the extras and uniform.
He is also behind on his maintenance payments (he just hasn't increased them as per the court order)and when I have asked for this to be rectified, he has pointed to the school fees cheque and said that he feels he has 'fulfilled his financial responsibilities'.
We have a detailed court order for the maintenance payments but nothing through the court for school fees.
He is however more than able to pay.
I do not know what to do next and cannot get him to discuss this with me.
My main questions are:
Are school fees seen as a separate issue to maintenance?
Can he lump them together like this to get out of his maintenance responsibilities?
Is he responsible for the school fees even though he has paid me rather than the school and won't sign anything?
Do I need to apply to the courts to regularise it and what are my chances of getting an order?
A lot to ask I know, has anyone any experience of a situation similar to this?
Thanks, i'm frustrated as hell as this is for the children not for me!!