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HelloI would appreciate some guidance as to how we need to consider splitting the finances. Whilst we don't wish to go straight into formal legalities we will need to split our finances and the only guidance we have regarding child maintenance is from the Gov.uk calculator. There are mixed reports from people as to how accurate it is and i would like us to be as accurate as we can in the interim, to help us all to get used to our new circumstances, respectively.Also, should we be looking at a 50/50 split of assets and debts or differently given that i earn a fair amount more than my husband?
Perhaps if you could set out the respective salaries/ assets/ pensions and the value of any property that you both own I can give you an indication of what would be appropriate in the circumstances?
OK, thank you for the clarification.
The starting point is a 50/50 split, as you correctly say.
The fact you earn more would be something that may mean you had to redress the balance, but given the fact that the children are remain gin in your care this negates that in my view.
The CMS guidelines are a starting point.
If you can remain in the family home and the sale of the other assets is enough to allow your husband to move on, then this arrangement should be seen as fair to both of you, in the circumstances.
This is the key - fairness. This is the benchmark that a judge will consider when looking at the arrangement you have made and deciding whether to uphold it in a court order.
Can I clarify anything?
The general rule is that pensions accrued during the marriage will be shared/ equalised to make sure both parties benefit equally - but this does nor apply to future payments once an order is made.
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You would need a solicitor to draft the consent order for you in any event, so yes this is not a bad idea.
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