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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


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Spousal Maintenance - How is it calculated?

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16 Aug 12 #349805 by buzyizzy
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We are in a wee two bed cottage as it is. All I could afford. Also, we''ve all spent the last three years rebuilding the house, so I''m definitely not selling up.

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16 Aug 12 #349807 by WhiteRose
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At what point in financial negotiations are you?

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16 Aug 12 #349872 by maggie
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If you''ve applied for your divorce have you considered maintenance pending suit [MPS]?

Experience tells me that supporting your kids financially doesn''t end at all with their entry to uni - is your ex willing to contribute voluntarily to their upkeep?
Wouldn''t hurt to suggest that/ tell him you''re considering applying for MPS?
MPS can be used to allow you to pay for advice ...if all else fails.

See wikivorce post #133818

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16 Aug 12 #349982 by buzyizzy
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Ah, not sure about him contributing once they have gone to uni, I had to,go to CSa to,get any money out of him.
I''m five weeks from the FDR.

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16 Aug 12 #349983 by WhiteRose
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So you''ve exchanged form E, has your sol advised whether SM is a possibility?

Have any offers from either of you been made?

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16 Aug 12 #349987 by buzyizzy
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Don''t have a sol I''m afraid, the only offer that''s been made was regarding his pension.

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16 Aug 12 #349993 by maisymoos
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Spousal maintenance is paid on the basis of need versus affordability.

You need to list all your reasonable monthly outgoings include everything you can think of from bills, haircuts, dentist, toiletries. etc etc etc

You need to identify your income gap i.e how much you are short each month from what you have coming in. That is basically the SM figure you would need. If its affordable or not is another question.

The judge at my Final Hearing said he would expect husband and wifes outgoings to be the same (after taking out kiddie expenses). My ex''s were laughable he had made sure he accounted for every penny of his income including £600 per month to maintain a property abroad!! Mine were realistic and I was awarded spousal maintenance at the level I required. Despite the fact that my ex had made it look like it was unaffordable!!

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