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19 Jun 12 #337691 by Troy53
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Hi I wonder if anyone can give me some idea if i will have to pay spousal maintenance ?

My wife and i have been separated for just over 2 years now , we were married for 20.

we have a good relationship but i can see the money being an issue, we went to mediation 2 years ago and i agreed not to force a sale whilst the children were at school,
this didn''t include my daughter going to uni which she will in sept, my son has now left school and going to collage .

i agreed to this because my wife wanted a 70/30 split on the house at that point. the agreement being that if i continued to pay all the bills until now that she would accept a 50/50 split i have paid apporx 25k since then .

her boyfriend who she has been seeing for nearly 4 years now ( yes the dates don''t work obviously ) but I''m not bitter at all.

is quite wealthy owning his own business but is also going through
a divorce now
his wife is asking for spousal maintenance for life and my wife believes she should get it as well !

my wife earns £700 a month and 500 tax credits, she also has a pension from the county council she is an LSA, she is aware she will have to get either a better paid job or a second one . i already work on average 6 days a week 14 hrs shifts to keep my head above water.
i have an on going heart condition which will require surgery in the next 2 years and it may mean i lose my driving licence.

i have said she can have 20k more than me which is equivalent to an extra monthly payment for a good couple of years .she can also keep her pension.

bit long sorry .

i earn approx 3200 a month .

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19 Jun 12 #337694 by Fiona
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SM if there is any has to be seen in context of the facts overall.

Did you have any legal advice and was there a written Separation Agreement?

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19 Jun 12 #337695 by WYSPECIAL
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How old are you both?

What assets are there?

Is her pension in payment.

Are figures for income gross or net?

How old are kids?

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20 Jun 12 #337778 by Troy53
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Hi thx for your answer,
My wife is 45 and I am 53 , my net income is £3200 and hers is £700 plus she gets tax credits of about 500.

I am currently paying all the bills for both of us.

She is still working "full time " if you can call 9-3 full time !! So her pension won''t be being paid until she retires I guess ? She is reluctant to get another job as she will lose the 12 weeks holiday !

Assets. ... Just the house, plus her car my car and motorcycle, although she may have some savings .

The kids are 18 / 16

My 18 yr old is off to uni in sept and my 16 yr old has left school to start collage .

The mortgage is £120,000 and the house is valued at 308.000


I have offered her 60/40 in her favour + 100 pm for my daughter until she is 19
and 150 a month for my boy 16 until he starts work

Of course no doubt I will be
Paying much more but directly to them as you do !

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