Our client was an unmarried mother who had two children with her long-term partner. She was the victim of domestic violence, and concerned for her own safety and future housing arrangements for herself and their children. Her partner was not prepared to make voluntary provision for the children’s accommodation or maintenance.
We advised our client to seek a court order protecting her from violence and excluding her partner from the home they occupied (which was owned by him). Through negotiation, we ensured our client and the children could occupy another property owned by her partner ‒ free of charge ‒ until the children finished their secondary education.
We also advised our client to apply for an order for financial provision for their children . This revealed the extent of her partner’s wealth, and we were able to secure a lump sum sufficient to comfortably furnish the property our client moved to, provide reliable transport for our client and the children and obtain a long-term obligation by the partner to maintain the property.
We advised our client in connection with her application to the Child Maintenance Service for generous maintenance for the children based on the substantial assets revealed by our investigations.