I have been and am a long- term single parent and carer for my daughter who is nearly 18 and still at school. My daughter has a serious medical condition involving daily treatment routines and unpredictable periods of illness and treatment which has limited my ability to work fulltime over the last 13yrs. My daughter receives a disability benefit due to her medical and care needs but she is not significantly physically or mentally disabled; she will hopefully become more independent and is perhaps now slightly behind her peers in terms of becoming so. She will most likely always need some care at times of illness or if her condition becomes life threatening which it could do. I currently get maintenance from her farther who has said he will stop paying this after A levels next year. My daughter needs and wishes to continue living with me and hopes to find an apprenticeship that will be accommodating of her needs... this is uncertain but not impossible...BUT... I currently have no financial independent means of supporting her once tax credits and child benefit stop. I gave up my career 10yrs ago to take lower paid part-time work so I could care for her; I was made redundant 4 yrs ago, have re-trained and recently started my own business which allows me to continue to work flexibility. I am however still dependent on state benefits myself until such time as I make some money from self- employment. My capacity to do this will be tempered by the need to continue in a lesser but necessary degree as a carer for my daughter. I feel I am faced with harsh choices including selling our home; refusing to support my daughter, making her homeless or insisting she lives with her dad (which she has never done and does not want to do) to force him to support her while I cant. Do I have any rights in this situation to make my daughters farther continue supporting her until she is more able to be independent of us? Even support until she is age 20 would make a significant difference to her quality of life and mine. I feel I have given up so much over the years and inevitably do not want my daughter to suffer hardship any more than she already has to.
I am happy to wait for a while longer for a response. How long is usual?
lf I do not get one do you refund me?Regards
I am happy to wait please continue
if you feel there is reasonable hope of a response i am happy to wait longer
We cohabited but were not married.
My daughter has cystic fibrosis; a progressive disease of the lungs predominantly but also affecting the metabolic and immune system whereby maintaining weight, nutrition and fighting recurrent infections can become problematic. Life expectancy is reduced.
The CSA were initially involved in establishing maintenance which has been regularly paid since.
she will finish education in summer 2016 with no plans for higher education currently.
I do not know.
I would estimate at around £26 - 30,000 for the type of work he does
She will have completed A level studies and would only at most be eligible for another year, which unless she fails any exams (very possible) would not benefit her in any way.
it is therefore unlikely to be the case she continues in secondary ed beyond next year.
Just to clarify; if she stays in some kind of secondary ed how is it that maintenance can be enforced? would it be through CSA or using some other legislation?