I was advised by my solicitor it would cost me £2500 to instruct a solicitor for non payment of maintenance so therefore I decided to go to small claims to recover the outstanding monies (£13,500) and then commence with proceedings for the broken consent order.
As my ex husband has since December 2012 stopped maintenance payments completely I had no choice be to try and reclaim some money to support my family and I do not have funds to instruct a solicitor.
He is self employed and should be paying £900 pcm periodical maintenance and is debarred from applying for a downward variation of the periodical payments. He should have taken out a sickness, disability and unemployment insurance in order to inter alia protect the payments but didn't.
He owns a £450,000 property with a small mortgage and has two lodgers staying paying £720 pcm.