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What would I be entitled to?

(4 Posts)
PuzzledAboutDivorce Sun 04-Sep-16 16:50:15

Can I pick your brains please.
Married 7 years, two children in primary school. I work part time, term time only, self employed, income around £1500 per month but could increase this. Home owned jointly, contract states 60% mine, 40% his, substantial equity and good savings. He's self employed so likely to under declare income.
I haven't a clue how this all works, would welcome any information before seeing solicitor.
Thank you.

Helpmeltb Sun 04-Sep-16 17:23:05

From what my solicitor said:

Court will look at housing needs of the kids first. You and he should have roughly similar properties if you're doing shared care. In my case, h is buying me out of our 4 bed detached so solicitor thinks I may get extra to enable me to get a 3 bed. However this is based on the fact I already work full time and would struggle to up my income so be prepared that they may say you need to work full time.

BitterAndOnlySlightlyTwisted Sun 04-Sep-16 17:34:49

You need to get your hands on your share of that equity in the family home. Most especially if you believe your husband will hide part of his income to reduce what child-support he will have to pay. He might even pretend he wants to share care of your children 50/50 in order to avoid having to pay you any. You might be able to claim some of his pension if he has one. But after only seven years this might not amount to that much.

Generally, for two children child-support would be 20% of his income and this is not taken into account when applying for any benefits you might be entitled to claim for. If your income is £1500 a month every month you might not be entitled to any benefits. See the turn2us website for guidance.

PuzzledAboutDivorce Sun 04-Sep-16 21:03:03

Thank you, some good starting points there, how depressing...

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