Thanks for your response.
The date the original maintenance began are as follows:
I divorced Julia Kirsty Vaughan Jones on 12 April 2000 and as part of the divorce settlement it was ordered I pay £70 per week for the benefit of my 2 children with her.
I divorced Sandra Taylor on 10 January 2005 and as part of the divorce settlement it was ordered I pay £2000 per month for the benefit of my 2 children with her.
I applied for a variation in November 2011 and it took until 22 June 2012 to be heard. I informed the judge that my business had changed from a sole tradership to a ltd company from 01 May 2013, at which time I began taking a weekly payment for my £30,000 salary. As we were only a month in to the new trading status and the judge did not believe my lifestyle had changed considerably, he made his findings from the previous year, and advised me to apply for another variation after the ltd company had been running for 8-12 months and it could then be re-assessed. (At this time, the maintenance was reduced to £400 per month for Mrs Vaughan-Jones and £1500 per month for Mrs Taylor, with an order for arrears to be paid within 4 months).
Further to my next application 3 months after the hearing date, I had another hearing on 6 June 2013. At this hearing I advised my counsel that I was considering personal bankruptcy in the coming months due mainly to a personal guarantee I signed in 2008, with the asset it related to being unable to be sold by the bank. The bank have tried to claim the full value against me personally, and I conceded to enter judgement in May 2013. (Copy of court form showing amount and consent order enclosed). Due to the large loss, I personally decided to bankrupt myself in the next calendar month.
The limited company was trading at a loss situation since being incorporated in May 2012. The shares in the company were of no value. I subsequently sold my share in the business for a nominal fee of £100 to a colleague on 3 June 2013. (I also enclose the document S Taylor relied upon at the hearing which I was not permitted a defence to, and the magistrates order made after the hearing.)
My insolvency practitioner, Eric Diamond of Elliot, Woolfe and Rose (http://www.ewr.co.uk/) informed me as statutory demands have been issued by previous creditors when the business/businesses in my name, the creditors would have had the first right on moneys.
I look forward to your comments on previous case law and any chance of appeal. As I understand it, an appeal has to be lodged within 21 days of the hearing. If you require any information please do not hesitate to ask.
1. S Taylor Documentation from hearing:
2. Lombard Court Form:
3. Lombard Consent Order:
4. Most recent maintenance arrears order: