Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:-How old are you both?-How long have you been married?-Do you have any children together, if so their ages and proposed arrangements?-What assets and pensions do you both have (both sole and joint), together with values?
What are the values of the homes and the outstanding mortgages?
What is your true earning capacity and what are your qualifications?
How often, on average, will your son stay overnight with him each week?
Is that benefits or earned income? Are you maximising all your benefits entitlements (if appropriate?)
Do you obtain any benefits?
Firstly in relation to child maintenance, £150 per week is an appropriate amount based on a £72,000 income.
Given that your income capacity is low you would be in a good position to seek spousal maintenance to meet your reasonable needs but your husband is likely to wish for you to make all efforts to try to maximise your income, but if this is not possible it would be appropriate to seek a life term maintenance. The amount that you could reasonably seek is the difference between what your reasonable monthly outgoings are and what your monthly income is.
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What are your reasonable outgoings each month (rent, bills, groceries etc)?
The amount would appear to be reasonable as your total income, including child maintenance will be £2050, however, 4 years may not be sufficient given that you have no ability to increase your income.
Instead of having a lifetime spousal maintenance amount he could consider providing you a lump sum to capitalise this - so if the £100,000 is instead of spousal maintenance, it would be the equivalent of 20 years spousal maintenance at the rate of £400 per month - but this should not be instead of a fair split of all assets.
Yes, such spending should be disclosed and the court has the power to divide assets more in your favour if it is found that he did this intentionally to prevent you obtaining a fair share.
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