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.
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!!