Yes it is £200 per week. There is no court order re spouse maintenance this was agreed between us before I moved out of the marital home.
There are no other assets except equity in the house. He is saying there is approx £15,000 debt in credit cards. He also pays the HP on my car about £7000 worth at £150 per month. He is offering all the equity in the house less sale fees and credit card debts and the HP on car. He estimates would be £60,000 for me plus he will pay child maintenance and no spouse maintenance.
I am 50 years old. I started my career in NHS management and was successful. However since 1994 I have been diagnosed with depression and been on anti depressants for years. The last 10 years I owned and ran a hair salon which suffered from the recession. The house is in my ex husbands name and the business was in my name. I sold the business to my husband for the value of the debt the business owed £13,000. In January 2012 I was admitted to hospital for severe depression and anxiety. I therefore am not in a position to pursue a management career again and I currently work as admin assistant for local counci. My ex husband ( a passive aggressive) never accepted my depression and believes I should be earning a high salary again.
I do not feel I can progress up the employment ladder at the moment and am concentrating on looking after my well being to reduce possibility of a relapse and to look after my daughter.
I moved out because of my husband's unreasonable behaviour and he would not be seen to be the "bad" guy and refused to move out. My health was suffering and I had to make the decision to leave. Accommodation is anything from £700 - £850. The house I rent is comfortable for my daughter and myself and in good decorative order. However i stuggle to pay the bills and am considering moving to a cheaper property.
The cost of purchasing a 2 bed property would be something like £180,000 for a flat and £220,000 for a small house.
Yes he has agreed 50% of his NHS pension
Thank you for your reply. Please can you clarify "substantial ongoing spouse maintenance liability". Do you think a judge would consider the £200 per week he currently pays not enough?
In terms of equity in the house would I be entitled to more than 50% since our youngest daughter who is 15 years lives with me? Our elder daughter is 20 years old in full-time employment and lives with her dad.
Would on-going spouse maintenance mean I cannot have a clean break? How best could I protect any inheritance I may receive in the future from my ex-husband?