He walked out of a leased business premises closing the butcher business. I was homeless with my five children for a year and in temporary accommodation. The council housed me.
The lease was sold as a closed unit I believe with I believe £15,000 returned of which I received £7,000.00. That was back in 1988.
He didn't pay for the children (or see them) for a few years returning back on the scene once I had got back on my feet. Made apologies and promises (foolishly I believed him - pregnant again with my youngest child. Once he learned of this he disappeared again.
Still never paid maintenance.
Years later when I went back to college got my confidence back I filed for divorce. Once again he made promises in the divorce paper response when ask what arrangement had been made to support the children - he stated he would voluntary pay £100.00 per week.
This stopped after receiving the decree nisa. He informed me that the absolute was automatic after six weeks and with that he disappeared again paying no maintenance.
Years later after talking to a colleague she pointed out that it wasn't me that was suffering but my children - I then contacted the CSA who found him. After threats and abuse to me he agreed to pay £200.00 a month (voluntary - not through the CSA) again this stopped after a few months.
No contact again until 2012 when I found out I was still married to him.
I look forward to your response