I know the Divorce Calculator isn't 100% accurate..... but I just wondered how accurate it actually was....
I have put in all our details, and it is saying I should get a 60/40 split (in my favour)...... it is also telling me that my x2b should pay 1,082.00 maintenance per month... now... I don't know about these things - the 60/40 split sounds as though that may be reasonable to assume given our situation... but the maintenance seems a lot... and to be quite honest, I cannot see my x2b handing me 1000 + a month..
Any comments would be welcome
Remember the calculator is a trial and, yes, I agree it does seem to estimate SM quite high sometimes. If you feel like posting the financial details including; the value of the FMH; the mortgage amount; values of savings, investments and pensions; any debts, valuble items (horses, boats, art collections etc); your ages and respective earnings posters could make educated guesstimates.
Married 17 years... me - 44....x2b - 55
After mortgage is paid there will be approx 150k re house.
Assets approx 50k (savings etc)
X2B earns 1K a week...... I earn £150 a week
There have been quite a few comments on this site saying that the calculator is unduly harsh when it comes to spousal maintenance, and when you have ladies who say they feel uncomfortable with the suggested figures, then there is probably some truth in it.
However, my gut feeling here is that the figure of £1082 per month is a little on the high side, but by no means impossible. My figure was £1016, on the basis of a 33 per cent share of joint incomes. But there are other factors in the equation, of course, and it is perfectly possible that theye may be a little tweaking and fine tuning ; a Court will look at the whole package, and may scale your award down if the proposed settlement is considered unduly harsh on your x2b.
ther should also be a catagory for saying if one party is cohabiting as this also has an effect on the payment of maintance. in my case my son will be living with me full time although his mum will have contact but does not want overnights, my income is 4x hers as i understand it, but she his cohabiting and my solicitor says i will not have to pay sm but the calculator says i will.
I used the calculator, and it says my x2b should pay me £1,545.00 per month in spousal maintenance!
But, I wasn't even going to apply for it!....
I am 'brick rich, and cash poor', but because of a short-term marriage, I'd assumed I wasn't able to claim maintenance. I worked with my husband, he fired me! I earn £10k a year in a 'freelance' capacity, he earns £60k.