My situation is I have been seperated from my wife for 3 years now and have been divorced since January of this year.
My ex wife is 34 and our children are 7 and 4 (almost). my ex has always worked either full time or self employed. At the time of us seperating she was a self employed childrens toy seller.
I believe at present she currently works part time, although I am not certain of this, but this was done so it did not effect her child support etc.
All of out assets have been sorted, the house was sold, but the equity was used to pay off loans secured against the house and in fact I had to pay an additional 5k to enable the sale to go through.
All of the household assets I left to my ex.
I already pay child maintenance and up until today she has never mentioned joint lives maintenance.
I lost my job at the end of last year and was a good job paying over 60k per year, but most of that was tied up in debt from our marraige. I am now a self employed consultant but as the business is still new I am invoicing £1,200 per month, so that is in effect my salary! my partner lives with me and she contributes half of the household costs, around £750 each, so by time the maintenancec comes out and the credit cards bill I am still paying from our marriage, fuel and shopping I am left with around £50 spare a month.
In my opinion my wife can work far more than she does, I work from home, so I have offered t ohavet he children more than I currently do to allow her to work etc, but this is always dismissed out of hand. I live 5 minutes away from my children.
What do judges take into consideraton when making these judgements? and is there apercentage of salary that they use, or is it depending on the current financial situation.
Any help of this would be greatly appriciated and please feel free to ask if you need anymore information