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27 Dec 07 #9574 by lindy lou
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We have been advised that my 19 year old son who is at uni can apply to court under the 1989 children's act (sch I) for help with his uni fees from the "absent parent". Has anybody any advice/been down this route? Can we put the application into court ourselves or does he need a solicitor?
Any advice appreciated.Our final hearing is due in march- ex has not paid a penny for anything in 18 months- high salary just a nasty piece of work- wants to make the kids suffer to get back at me:angry:
Many thanks
Lindy Lou

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27 Dec 07 #9584 by sexysadie
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Someone will have more certain knowledge than I, but I think your son can get legal aid and if so should use a solicitor.

If I were you I would go for support for living expenses rather than fees as the fees are no longer paid upfront and are in the form of a loan that is repaid once earnings reach a certain level after graduation. So nowadays it is living expenses while at uni that are the more urgent matter.

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27 Dec 07 #9587 by lindy lou
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Hi Sadie-
Thanks for this.He has a loan but as he is studying aviation the fees are private- ex knew this when my son signed up for the course.
Lindy

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28 Dec 07 #9601 by attilladahun
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I've done a few of these

Your son can usually get CLS funding.....

The obligation is on BOTH parents to contribute subject to their financial position...so don't automatically think the absent parent will pay all...obviously though you are already paying housing needs if son at home...if not absent parent will likely offer a contribution towards both....set against any income your son may earn.

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28 Dec 07 #9602 by attilladahun
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I've done a few of these

Your son can usually get CLS funding.....

The obligation is on BOTH parents to contribute subject to their financial position...so don't automatically think the absent parent will pay all...obviously though you are already paying housing needs if son at home...if not absent parent will likely offer a contribution towards both....set against any income your son may earn.

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28 Dec 07 #9611 by lindy lou
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Thank you- Yes I am paying a considerable amount and we are reliant on my two other disabled kids DLA and disability benefits- I can only work 15 hours a week because of their care needs.
Unfortunately he won't "offer" anything- not even a card at Christmas!
Lindy

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