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Hello again. I would wait until the order is granted until applying for decree absolute. If there's a pension share involved, you should wait for a minimum of 28 days after the date the order was granted before applying for the decree absolute. As the application for a decree absolute is a notice of application, it is meant to be dealt with on the same day you apply.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean when you say you were 'given' a global order. My understanding is that you and your ex husband agreed the order. I'm somewhat puzzled that a direct access barrister that you're paying extremely good money for didn't explain this to you. Without seeing a copy of the order (and working on what I recall is the wording in the clause), you could subsequently make an application for child maintenance (a year after the order when the court's jurisdiction lapses) and the CMS would assess how much your ex should pay you. It may mean that, if the CMS decided he should pay more in child maintenance, the global amount would stay the same but the proportion that was child maintenance would increase.
Often, you will say that the amount of child maintenance as a proportion of the order is much greater so it does not affect any benefits you might receive. If it was a greater proportion of spousal maintenance, it could affect your benefits and reduce them on a pound for pound basis. I hope that gives you a general overview. Please let me know if you need any further assistance. Kind regards, J