Hello I have been advised by an accredited FL solicitor that he is very confident (due to domestic violence and years of financial intimidation post separation) I will be granted an application, and his confident estimate is that I will receive a minimum of 55%, possibly an extra 10% being awarded for the years of Domestic Violence, of the total of my ex's assets in Australia. For tax purposes, he classes himself as a non-resident and I am pretty sure he doesn't declare his true overseas income on his tax here (has our old property as an investment "for his retirement"). When we separated after a 19-year de facto relationship. We were living in a non-reciprocal jurisdiction country, and since then he has come and gone from that to one that is a reciprocal jurisdiction. When in the non rjc, he would ring and threaten to cut me off completely if he ever got wind that I had gone to the Child Support Agency or a lawyer, or if I attacked "his" property (he bought it while we were living there with our two young kids and lied to get the finance, saying he was single with no dependents, so didn't put it in both names) I have a letter from him in which he states that if they are unsuccessful in winning this for me that I won't have to pay their costs to represent me. The law practice is not a pro bono firm, and this guy charges between $380-$450/hr. Is this normal? My questions are - 1. With his offer of acting on my behalf for free should I lose possibly be trying to assert to me how confident he is of winning this for me, without actually being able to legally say so? Is it some kind of hint or just a standard offer? If I win, his estimated costs are around $60,000 and he said it should be over within 12 months maximum, but mediation might bring that sooner if the ext decides time off from work and flying to Australia is too expensive and difficult. * We don't know how much equity is in one of the two properties in question but are estimating anywhere between $250-$400k. It is worth around $600-$650k * We know one property is worth at least $750k * We don't know yet, but the lawyer said he can find out how much super the ext has stashed away. It could be $50k or it could be $250k 55% of one-third of the property valued at $750k is the minimum possible outcome I am working on because the other property and super are a big "?" My ex lives in a commonwealth country, that is a reciprocal jurisdiction should he try to take anything out on the QT. ____________________________________________________________ I rely heavily on the $500 my ex so graciously deems to give me each month but all our belongings are in storage and I can't keep paying that without his $500. The problem is - I know how he operates - he will shut me down financially the very minute he gets wind I have made the application because the lawyer said he will put a caveat on our old property so the ex will find out. So Question 2 is - can I ask the lawyer to apply to a magistrate for an order or something that my ex MUST continue to pay child support of $500 per month throughout these proceedings? Question 3 is - can a magistrate perhaps make an order that half the rent from the property be automatically diverted to me for the children until this is settled? Question 4 - Is there anything under Family Law that I can do to make sure he keeps paying while we sort this out? Everything my children own is in the storage facility and if I get behind in payments we risk having it auctioned off and losing everything - right down to the hospital ID bracelets they wore at birth! They would be devastated because being reunited with everything has helped keep them going since we moved two years ago. Thank you for reading and if there's anyone here with hints or knowledge that could help me, please feel free to share! Much appreciated.