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I am eligible for legal aid, he is not.
I am working part-time (school hours). He is working full-time and living with new girlfriend who works part-time.
He said that he cannot afford to pay for mediation costs. I offered to go halves with him (even though I am so broke that I qualify for legal aid) just so that we can get things moving. He has refused saying that he cannot even afford his half share, due to his and GF's living costs.
What would the next step be? I have tried to explain that to do things via the court system will end up being WAY dearer in the long run, but I can't make him understand.
He has not contributed a penny towards his children since moving out in April. He is waiting for a "payout" from the marital home before paying maintenance....although again I cannot make him understand that he is obliged to pay maintenance even without his "payout".
My solicitor advised against offering to pay his costs but I just want to get the Separation Agreement underway.
Please...anyone...how can I make him understand our position? And what should my next step be?