Hi I have been paying child maintenance (court order as part of divorce) for my daughter who lives in India. The financial settlement was based on my daughter going to private school in London. My ex-wife moved to India soon after the divorce (the court was aware of this) and no further negotiations took place - I know I should have, but didn't as the legal costs were escalating. I am now getting remarried and know I pay far more then it costs to support my daughter in India.
What are my options as I am getting remarried and would like to buy a house and have children
The court order says the following “the respondent shall pay periodical payments to the Petitioner for benefit of the said child in a sum representing 15% of his net income (currently 800GBP) plus 560GBP by way of contribution to school fees and childcare costs”. The current cost of her schooling and a maid who looks after her (in addition to household chores) is less then 500GBP!
Is there any additional information you require? Slight correction made to text above re:Private schooling!)
Thank you for your response.
My ex-wife (P) informed me of her move to India (in 2009) after completion and exchange of the Form E. I have an email to my lawyer at the time which stated that I had a conversation with (P) and was willing not to redo the Form E in good faith as P had estimated that she would return to the UK in 1-2 years and that School fees and childcare costs in Delhi would be similar but not yet determined - there is of course no documented evidence of this conversation other then my email to my lawyer.
I have been subsequently been informed by a family member whose daughter attends the same school as mine of the schooling costs and the going rate of a maid in Mumbai (where she moved to in 2011 after 2 yrs in Delhi). These costs are less then 500GBP/month (I currently pay her about 1200GBP/month) Would I be legally entitled to request a breakdown of her schooling and childcare costs?
Looking forward to your response.
My net income is 5400GBP/month