In cases in which the parties are not married but have children, the appropriate application for a party who has care of the children and is inadequately provided for financially is a claim under Schedule One to the Children Act 1989.
Members of the Harcourt Finance Group are very experienced in making and resisting applications on behalf of children for lump sum, settlement and transfer of property applications or “top-up” claims for child maintenance under Schedule One. These cases often also involve, at the outset applications for Legal Services Orders in relation to which the legal position can be complex. Our members are knowledgeable about such applications and can provide comprehensive advice and representation. Members have appeared in several reported cases in this area.
We aim to provide early, comprehensive and strategic advice with a view to resolving the issues, if possible. Where settlement is not possible, members of the Harcourt Finance Group are renowned for thorough preparation and skilful and persuasive advocacy.