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Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

Hi,

Looking to get some information on how child maintenance works over here.
Uk family living in Zurich, child's father married a Swiss and now also lives in Switzerland. Always got away with paying me hardly anything compared o what he should be, how's on holiday so skips months of maintenance, sees her as and when he wants, not regulary( not that I'm worried about that).
Just bored f Harding for my maintenance when I've been so lenient about letting him pay me half of what I'm owed.
Anyone got any good advice or recommendations of who to speak with about this?
P.s it's not the geminder, I need a lawyer!

Thanks
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

Avoid lawyers unless you have tens of thousands of CHFs to spare.

Start with this excellent website:
http://www.scheidungskonvention.ch/w...renntleben.htm

Work out maintenance costs here:
http://www.unterhaltsrechner.ch/

As the father he is legally oblidged to pay his share, regardless of marital status (you post was unclear here)
PS: its also unclear as to the nationalities of the mother and father. But, when living in Switzerland, Swiss law applies.

Try using a counsellor first, make sure you are both present:
Google for Mediation, Einzel- und Paarberatung in your town
Like this: http://www.mediation.ch/home.html

Often you'll pay for sessions only (around 100 CHF a session) and save thousands on lawyers

If the father flatly refuses to front up to his financial responsibilities - he has to contribute until the child has finished his education, which can be to the age of 25 - then start with the legal process. Again, ask the counselors for advice about the most cost efficient method.

Remember, if both parties switch on lawyers and start fighting, then only the lawyers win. Everyone else loses.
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

Never married. Both remarried. Both of us English, my partner is English, his is Swiss so she should know the law would make him worse off if I went down the more legal route. Been trying to be nice about it for 8 years. Need it set in stone. Now in the mood to find someone to screw him over and leave him penniless but in he end that would effect my daughter so have to play relatively nicely!

I don't know who you would speak to regarding child maintenance here, in the uk was the CSA. Geminder woman said I needed a lawyer?
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

I still recommend to start with the counselor first: they will be able to tell you some excellent advice on how the system works, where you stand, and how to proceed.

Money very well spent
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

https://www.gov.uk/child-maintenance...ow-to-get-help

Not much help, because Switzerland isn't EU, but I think it's signed up to all that kind of thing.

Seems to suggest that you sort it out in the UK (where the child lives) and then try to get it enforced in Switzerland after.
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

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Not much help, because Switzerland isn't EU, but I think it's signed up to all that kind of thing.

Seems to suggest that you sort it out in the UK (where the child lives) and then try to get it enforced in Switzerland after.
Child lives in Switzerland. Both sides do that's why looking into it in switzerland
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Duh, don't mind me then.
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

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Hi,

Looking to get some information on how child maintenance works over here.
Uk family living in Zurich, child's father married a Swiss and now also lives in Switzerland. Always got away with paying me hardly anything compared o what he should be, how's on holiday so skips months of maintenance, sees her as and when he wants, not regulary( not that I'm worried about that).
Just bored f Harding for my maintenance when I've been so lenient about letting him pay me half of what I'm owed.
Anyone got any good advice or recommendations of who to speak with about this?
P.s it's not the geminder, I need a lawyer!

Thanks
Your posting sounds a bit confusing. You say "not married, both remarried" - what does that mean?

"compared to what he should be" paying/"half of what I`m owed"? Do you have an agreement signed by a magistrate/judge, stating how much child maintenance is to be paid?

If you do, then you take your signed/testated agreement to the Gemeinde and ask to speak to their Friedensrichter (that is a person employed part-time to deal with basic law matters, and will direct you to the correct people to deal with your problem).

If you were never married to the father of the child but have a private signed agreement ....... take that. You will need some sort of document to show that the father owes you money.

Failing all the above, you could simply go to a policestation and ask what you can do about this financial problem - they will also be able to direct you to the correct authorities.

Lawyers are last on the list for consultations about maintenance. If you can afford a lawyer, then you`re not short of money?
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Re: Advice on child maintenance and lawyers

Hi Loulabelle

as it has been pointed out, it is unclear about how the alimony payments have been organised between you and the child's father. Either way, you might find support in following places:
Parent information center (there is a link to a leaflet in English at the bottom of the page): http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...nberatung.html

And before you will go to a lawyer, you might want to consult Women Association in Zurich, they provide legal consultation for women for CHF 90/hour: http://www.frauenzentrale.ch/zuerich...tart=10&lang=1

Hope this helps, Czech Chick
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