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Thank you for your enquiry. So there are a few legal facts I have that will help explain this matter to you. Firstly, if you do not live together then child maintenance is calculated by taking several factors into consideration, not just earnings but how much time the children spend with him (at the time of the calculation). You will find a maintenance calculator online that can help give you an idea of what you would receive. Given you circumstances I don't think that you would get legal aid but your solicitor will be able to aid with any application. In terms of costs, each party should bare their own costs, so you will have to pay your own as will he. However, what you need to bare in mind is that everything you own such as savings, house, investments and pensions etc. do not belong to you or him but are owned jointly by the marriage and considered what we call matrimonial assets, so even if your ex was to pay for everything then it would still effect your financial outcome as you would have to bare part of that cost also. However, this is all something that your solicitor will be able to help with when looking at a financial settlement or a separation agreement. I would advise having one of these in place. I will provide you with a useful link so you can find a solicitor local to you that can assist with these matters.
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