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Any solicitors out there tonight?

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minxthemanx Mon 10-Oct-11 20:55:38

I had a half hour consultation with a local solicitor as I am thinking of filing for divorce from DH. (Long story). I did make notes when she was talking to me, but can't make a lot of sense of what I've written regarding the finances!

If we divorce, what does DH have to provide towards the children (2 DS age 10 and 5) and me/the house. The house is in joint name. His earnings are about £32k - at the moment he puts £1800 a month into the joint account, and keeps £400 for himself. I bring home about £500 after tax, a month.
We get child allowance, but not working tax credit as over the threshold.

Mortgage of about £60k runs for another 9 years.

In my notes i've scribbled something about 1/5th of his salary and £200 per month, but no idea what this means in reality. I need to be very sure of the financial situation before I decide what to do. can anyone filll in the gaps? Am worried about how tight money will be.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 11-Oct-11 01:20:08

i'm not a solicitor, but I'm guessing the 1/5 or 20% of his take-home refers to the standard CSA amounts as you have two children. In addition he has to keep a roof over his dc's heads -obviously I don't know how much your mortgage is pcm, but might the £200 have something to do with that?

I think you'd get working tax credits and so on if he left, check on entitledto

Hope someone with more info will be along later.

minxthemanx Tue 11-Oct-11 07:40:46

Thanks, can't believe I didn't write the details down more coherently. I guess it was a bit of a tense time and I wasn't necessarily thinking straight. Am still trying him to move out for a temporary separation to give us some breathing space, but he has refused to go, saying we can work things out. I am quite worried, though, about tight money will be in the event of divorce - I don't want the children affected any more than necessary. (Not that we spend a lot, but the odd cinema visit, summer holiday, days out.) Our mortgage is just under £700 per month.

minxthemanx Tue 11-Oct-11 07:42:06

Sorry, up at 3 am looking for 'spiders' in DS2's bed while he screamed, so forgive the typos.

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