(Family Division, Baron J, 30 November 2010)
The unmarried parents had one child. Upon separation the mother sought financial provision for the child. She had debts of approximately £130,000. The father owned equity in his property of £358,000.
The district judge made an order that the father should contribute £85,000 towards the mother's debts and provide a trust fund for the child of £250,000 to assist with the child's housing, resulting to the father once the child reached majority and ceased full-time education. The father appealed but paid 50% of the costs of a nanny and nursery fees, payments as assessed by the CSA and provided a lump sum of £40,000.
Appeal allowed. The judge had failed to outline how the final figure had been reached although he had been entirely justified in making an award for a £250,000 trust fund for the child, however, the £85,000 had been excessive and left the father with nothing. Reducing the sum to be paid to the mother to £40,000 to allow the father a small deposit for housing for himself.