There are two main financial issues
based on the facts you give, child maintenance and spousal maintenance.
The CSA will not deal with
non-UK resident parent's and therefore you are faced with application to court
and then enforcing a court order in the country where he lives. I will give you
the CSA rates were child maintenance because they are a good guideline of what
you would get and the courts often follow the CSA outline. CSA rates of child
maintenance are 15% for one child, 20% for 2 and 25% for 3 or more children
living 100% with the resident parent. That is reduced by 1/7 for each 52 nights
the child stays with the non-resident parent. There is also a reduction in the
non-resident parent is responsible for other children. CSA child maintenance is
payable till the children reach 19 years old or leave full-time non-advanced
education. Non-advanced education is generally classed as a level, not
University, but there are some further education courses which are not classed
as advanced. Full-time courses can be as little as 12 hours per week.
is a possibility of a liability for spousal maintenance, maintenance paid to
keep a spouse , as opposed to children. Although most commonly paid from
husband to wife, that is not necessarily the case. Spousal maintenance is based
on both incomes, ability to earn money, previous lifestyles and most
importantly, need. It is not about equalising incomes. There is no exact
formula, but these links will give some reading..
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