There are a 3 different kinds of financial provision order you can ask the court to make (you can find them in Article 25 of the Matrimonial Causes (NI) Order).
Which one you apply for will largely depend on your circumstances and what kind or arrangement you are asking for.
They are as follows:
1. Periodical Payments: These are simply orders for payment of weekly/monthly sums by one spouse to the other (or a child).
2. Secured Periodical Payments: These payments are secured on an asset of your spouse. While the Order is in force, the asset cannot be sold.
3. Lump Sum Payment: This is a specific sum of money, which can be paid in one payment or in instalments. This is usually to compensate one spouse if the other gets awarded the matrimonial home for example, pension rights, or some other asset. This is a one-off payment – it usually cannot be increased at a later stage.
Children can apply for the above Orders, but periodic payments fall under the ultimate jurisdiction of the CSA. If you need to get a payment Order for children, you should get in touch with the CSA staff.