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Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
How much is the Matrimonial Home worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
What Pension provision is there?
How much do you need for a new property - mortgage free?
A reasonable area and a reasonable property - so yes a semi unless there is a terrace!
How much does he intend to offer as Child Maintenance?
How often will he have the chidlren overnight?
Would you prefer a mortgage free house or more maintenance?
That is achievable if you sacrifice your spouse maintenance claim
Hold out for the amount that you need - the £450,000 and point out that he has a very large spouse maintenance liability which you will forgo.
(This will of course leave you free to remarry or cohabit if you wish with no loss)
So far as Child Maintenance is concerned that is a percentage of his income from ALL sources - details here
Now tactically you may decide not to mention that you know that and say that you will accept his offer
Provided it does NOT go on the Court Order you can then turn around afterwards and contact the CMS and get the right amount....
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Play just as tough a game.
If he wants a Mesher Order you want at least two years worth of Spouse maintenance
Keep the Child maintenance out of the court order
Then I would have suggested having a 30% Charge back and realistic Spouse maintenance until the children leave Primary school - if not longer
Simply say that you wish to leave child maintenance out of the Order.
If they are pushy point out that you could apply for an interim order which allows you sufficient to pay your legal charges
You are welcome - I hope all goes well