Our expert says:
He really thinks that providing her with house, home and food, and dealing with all the daily needs and problems, is NOTHING ? What a dummy !
The Maintenance COurt is not supposed to be stupid, and should take into account his bond payments ( not his salary with that deducted ) and all his benefits, and should look at his own expenditure ( including what might be considered luxuries ), and at not only your income but your expenditure ( keep records of the costs of the child, in petrol, food, share of housing, etc, as this will be useful ).
Its not interesting or relevant for him to debate whether he feels that he SHOULD pay maintenance - the law is simple there - you cause pregnancy, you pay maintenance for the child. If he never wants to pay mintenance, he should invest in a vasectomy. It is really important for society that men must learn that impregnating people is expensive for them
Don't let the squirt get off scott free - go to Maintenance Court and have the court decide and he will then be REQUIRED to pay the agreed amount or face serious consequences. This is necessary for the sake of your child ( what if you became ill, for instance ? ).
If there is evidence of emotional abuse, the court can decide whether or not he should have access to the child at all, and except in so far as it would be required to enable any access he might get to the child, he has no right to access to you, and could still be prevented by court from abusing or harassing you.
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