thanks for your reply.
To address your questions:
1) There are only minimal assets - no house as we rent, one family car value approx £2000, another car values £5000 and then home contents which I would estimate at perhaps £10 - £15 thousand only.
2) Annual income is my salary only which is below £50,000
3) The pre-nup contains various provisions that govern several factors. Principally it provides for joint custody of any children in the event of a a divorce and that any divorce should be a "clean cut" - i.e. no provision for continued payments of maintenance one way or another.
I hope this information will help you, I can provide more specific detail on the Pre-nup if required but as this document is in German I would need some time to translate it (unless you can read German).
currently it would be fair to say that my wife has the day to day care although this has varied. For example, during last year my wife worked for 3 months and during that time I had full care of the children and for the times I was not at home I employed a child minder - I would repeat this as required.
The result of discussions so far is that my wife will not contest the children living with me.
currently she receives no benefits, my actual salary is £47,500 gross. to calculate my net you would have to bear in mind that I also pay £400 per month travel card loan repayment as I work in London and commute daily from Hastings.
that's a good question and not one that I can accurately answer.
Working on the basis and assumption that she would be entitled to claim for job seekers' allowance and housing benefits I think the sums involved would be:
JSA - £72.40 per week for a maximum period of 6 months
HB - £115 per week (rough calculation and without consideration of any potential maintenance payments - I used the Hastings Borough Council calculator to arrive at this sum)