Our expert says:
I wonder how the Court feels about him suddenly demanding paternity tess, presumably not having done so before, just because he doesn't like the idea of paying more maintenance ? Its like the guy who loses an election demanding a recount of the votes. If he has previously admitted to the court that the child was his, I doubt that any magistrate or judge would respect his opportunistic attempt to wriggle out of his responsibilities - and your lawyer should ask that the higher maintenance be granted and paid pending the results of any tests, which should, of course, be at his expense.
If he has ignored previous court orders and is in arrears, isn't he technically in contempt of court ? And though he can't afford the maintenance he was obliged to pay unless and until the court decided otherwise, he can afford to pay a lawyer to challenge this ?
I don't understand some aspects of the law ; it sounds ridiculous that you can't approach the same court to make him pay the arrears and to consider increasing the amount, especially taking into account the increases in the price of everything. I'm sure it's fair to ask the court to take into account the financial problems caused to you by his failure to pay what the court ordered.
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