How does the court decide how much money I should get or what I should pay my partner ?
This is a difficult job for a judge, because they have to be fair to both you and your partner.
Before the judge can make a decision he or she must have all the information about your income, expenses, property that you own, savings, insurance policies, pensions and shares etc. Your partner also has to give the same information to the court.
Your solicitor will therefore need to collect all this information from you.
After you separate you should keep copies of all your bank statements, wage slips, bills and anything you have had to pay out. This will help your solicitor prepare the information for the judge.
The judge has to look at what both you and your partner need and what you can both afford. He also needs to consider whether you or your partner are looking after the children as whoever is may need more money. The judge has to consider other things such as the length of the marriage, your ages and your ability to work and earn money etc.
Questions & Answers
- We have only been married a short time when can I start a divorce?
- How do I show the marriage has broken down?
- What if we can't carry on living together, but we don't want a divorce?
- What do I need to prove to get a legal separation?
- Can we just decide to separate without involving the courts?
- Do I need a solicitor to start a divorce or judicial separation?
- What is a Decree Nisi?
- My partner has started the divorce proceedings. Is there anything I need to do?
- My partner owns the property in which we live/or only their name is on the rent book. Will I have to leave if we separate?
- My partner has changed the locks to our home and won't let me back in. What can I do?
- I left the house and my children. Does this mean I do not have any rights?
- How can I get my partner to help me pay the bills?
- Who pays maintenance for the children?
- How does the court decide how much money I should get or what I should pay my partner?
- Do I have to tell anyone that my partner and I have separated/divorced?
- We are not married. Do I have any rights?