I got divorced in 2004 and there was a periodical maintenance order put in place for me to pay her "5p per annum during our joint lives or until further order".
We have 2 children who I also pay maintenance for through a child maintenance order. I have always paid extra to what was required.
My oldest child (aged 16) is coming to live with me as she is attending college full time for the next 2 years (this is 280 miles away from her mother).
The mother expects me to continue paying her the same amount I do now for child maintenance when my daughter comes to live with me. She has said that she will invoke the periodical maintenance order and ask for it to be increased by the courts if I don''t. Can she do this?
She says her financial situation will be detrimental because she will no longer be getting child maintenance, or the child benefit for my daughter. I''m also guessing she claims child tax credits, which will also be decreased as there won''t be 2 children in the house.
I was under the assumption that these payments were for the child not for her, so my daughter not living there means her out goings are less. Or am I wrong in thinking this?
Well, she has one less mouth to feed but on the other hand if she has had to acquire or rent a house of a certain size to provide a home for the children, she still has the expenses even after the kids have flown the nest.