Unmarried parents are often surprised to discover that their only automatic financial entitlement on separation in relation to children is to child maintenance. There are some other options available to parents on separation under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Our team of specialist family lawyers can advise you on the financial claims which may be available for your children under Schedule 1.
What claims can be made?
The court can make a number of orders under Schedule 1, such as:
- Provision of property for a child to live in;
- A lump sum order for a child for expenses such as clothing, transport or equipment;
- Child maintenance to ‘top up’ maintenance beyond a maximum assessment carried out by the Child Maintenance Service;
- Maintenance for nursery fees or other educational expenses, such as school fees.
Purpose of Schedule 1 claims
Orders under Schedule 1 are made solely for the benefit of achild and not the parent. It is the needs of the children which are the court’s priority. Our team of specialist separation and children lawyers will be able to advise you on the claims which may be available to you, depending on your circumstances.
Our family lawyers will be able to discuss with you whether alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation, might be available for addressing any dispute in relation to the financial claims relating to children. Where matters cannot be resolved amicably, our team will be able to assist you in the preparation of an application to start court proceedings under Schedule 1.
Please contact our team to discuss these matters further.