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Disputes

Financial provision for children

A parent or guardian can make an application under the Children Act 1989 for financial provision in relation to a child who is living with them.

Such provision can include:

  • additional maintenance orders (in certain circumstances known as “top-up maintenance”),
  • lump sum orders
  • a transfer of or settlement of property

All orders are for the benefit of the child, and the following factors have to be considered:

  • the financial resources of the parents
  • the financial needs and any other obligations and responsibilities of the parents
  • the financial needs of the child
  • the financial resources of the child
  • any physical or mental disability of the child
  • the manner in which the child was, or the parents intended the child to be educated

An application under the Children Act very often goes hand in hand with a claim to any property.  To consider the best way forward for you, in this complex area of law, we would recommend that you take legal advice as soon as possible.

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