How much should I pay my wife for child support?

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    mjc1
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    Hi, I’m new to the forum. I’m not sure if this question should be asked and i also understand it’s not a professional legal advice service. I’m hoping someone can advise based on their own experience…

    Currently separated but living in the family home….which is difficult. Been married for 22yrs and I have 2 daughter’s 19 and 17. The 19 yr old is working part time and studying an OU degree. The 17 yr old is studying for her A levels.

    I’m happy to move out of the family home in the new year. I want to have an idea what the bottom line would be on what I’m obliged to pay for the family home eg just mortgage and whatever I have to pay for my youngest (I don’t think in have to pay anything for the older one).

    I’m not sure if there is enough detail there? Any advice gratefully received. Many thanks

     

    #18666 Report

    MarshStar
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    My understanding is that you pay child maintenance up to the age of 16 unless they child is in further education.

    The Gov.uk website has some guidance and an online calculator to give you an idea.

    https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-child-maintenance

     

    #18669 Report

    mjc1
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    Ok thanks. My daughter is 17 and studying for A levels so I assume I have to pay up to the age of 20? It’s a bit of a minefield…

    #18672 Report

    mjc1
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    Thanks again. Absolutely no way am I wiping my hands off my eldest. I was simply trying to establish what I am legally obliged to pay for my youngest as I thought she was the only one out of the two that I should be paying for. Contributing for both is not a problem at all.

     

    Debts such as car loans and mortgage are must do’s along with whatever figure for my youngest. Then add something on for my oldest. Expensive isn’t it?!!

    Thanks again

     

    #18674 Report

    mjc1
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    There is considerable equity in the main family home.

    The house can be sold before my youngest reaches 18 surely?

    How is any spousal maintenance calculated? Any idea? I’ve heard of it but not sure how a figure is arrived at?

    #18676 Report

    mjc1
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    Thank you for the info. I have already suggested that the 3 of them stay in the family home until my youngest has finished her A levels. My wife did day she wanted it sold so she could me on etc…too many memories I guess?

     

    As for spousal maintenance – I will have to go to mediation and/or a solicitor to find out what I should pay. Yes my wife gave up work to raise the children but never really had a career as such before and hasn’t really got one now. She’s in retail and holding down 2 jobs right now knowing that on day she will have to fend for herself.

    #18677 Report

    mjc1
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    On the subject of mediation. If my wife and I go and put together a plan for the next year or 2 can I take that to a single solicitor and get that plan legalised or do both my wife and myself have to have a solicitor each. I can’t help but think that when the solicitors get involved there is escalating costs and they are the only winners in all this. Trying to keep cost down as much as possible!

    #18681 Report

    mjc1
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    Ok understood. No I am not trying to reduce the amount I should pay on a monthly basis. I’m trying to find out what costs are involved and the process to get to where we both need to be. My relationship with both daughters is very good and much better than what I had expected….no resentment at all which i was expecting.

    As for my wife’s work bringing up the girls and spousal maintenance….i guess i will need to seek further advice on this.

    Thanks again

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