Spouse. The child element ended in May this year when the youngest child left school. He is paying £1000 and should be paying £1127.01
He has retired from the Police service. The judge took this into account when she made the order. The maintenance should continue for another 6 years until I am 60 and the money from the pension split takes over from the maintenance.
I want to know if an enforcement order is the best course of action. Would the judge insist I go to mediation, as my former husband clearly wants to reduce the payments? The situation is that the mediation is not costing him anything as he has reduced the payments to about the cost of the mediation. If I just go along to mediation then there is nothing to stop him doing this again next year, because he can only gain from this process. If I take enforcement action to get the arrears paid, then I would be prepared to go to mediation after that. I would agree to the maintenance being reduced to what he is currently paying. My concern is that if the judge would insist on mediation before enforcing the court order, then there is no point in trying to enforce the order. However, if I don't enforce the order, my former husband would just do this again and again.