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Clare
Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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Hi, I split with my wife in May this year and am wondering

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Hi,
I split with my wife in May this year and am wondering if I need some form of letter to confirm our seperation.
I am living in a flat with my eldest son and my two younger sons are still living in the house with their mother.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Which part of the Uk are you in?
Have you agreed the financial issues at all?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Clare,

I currently live in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

No we have not agreed any financial issues except I am currently paying the bills and giving my wife £120 for shopping every week.

Panikos

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
May I ask how old the children are and how much you earn gross each month?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The two boys living at home are 16 and 8 and I earn aproximatley £2300, depending if I get any overtime.
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
How much are you paying out on the bills?
How old is the child living with you?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I made an error with my gross pay and gave you my monthly take home pay.

I am paying approximatley 1100 for bills and shopping.

My son living with me is 21

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
HI
What is your gross monthly pay?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I average between 3000 and 3200 per month
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
How much does your ex earn - and do you realise you are overpaying at present?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My ex is only working part time at my youngest sons school but I don't know how much she earns.

I do realise I am paying too much but am not sure what I have to pay and at the same time do not want my kids to go without

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
May I ask how much the house is worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The house is worth aproximatley 450000 and has no mortgage on it.
Can I ask if there is a way of recognising the seperation.
I am in a little debt but have had bad credit against me and am waiting to get it removed from my credit score in approximatley two years.
I just want to get the seperation logged in some way so I can try and move forward
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
How was the purchase of that house funded - and are you happy to for her to remain there for now?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The house was bought with money from the sale of our previous house.
There was a mortgage on it until my late father paid off the remainig mortgage. I am happy for her to stay there because of my children but i just cannot afford to pay all the bills for that house and were i am now living.
It leaves very little to live on because of my debts.
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Your Child maintenance liability is 16% of your GROSS income (at most) - less if the children spend more than 52 nights a year with you
From that money and her own income from all sources your ex should be paying all the bills.
It is possible that there may be a liability for spouse maintenance - but even with that it would be substantially less than you are paying at the moment
You should try and discuss matters with your ex using Family mediation (www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk) - and also discuss what should happen to the property when your youngest child is 18
Please ask if you need further details
Clare
Clare and other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for helping me with this, it has been very helpful and informative but the first qestion I asked was do I need some form of letter or document to show that we have seperated since May of this year?
Please can you answer this.
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
No there is no such requirement - all you need is evidence that you have been living elsewhere (rent book lease etc) - and even that is unlikely to be asked for
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
You are most welcome - I hope all goes well for you
Clare