We are in the process of establishing the husband's assets. Initial view is that he has the means to make a payment in settlemen of at least £5,000; he confirmed this to the judge at the divorce court hearing when the matter was first raised.
The central point of our enquiry to you was one of principle. Is it possible to claim child maintenance support retrospectively (in this case for a period from 1995-2003) if the parent who was caring for the child has made no efforts to claim support previously? The judge seemed unclear on this point and suggested that a tribunal process would be required if the parties could not agree among themselves.
In essence we are trying to evaluate the chances of success in court if a settlement out of court proves not possible.