LisaLou1982 wrote: »
Agree with the above that you are paying far too much!!
The bills are for your wife to cover. You do not live in the house so you do not need to pay them.
The tax credits and JSA she should claim will make things tighter than she is used to but she will need to budget accordingly.
Re maintanence for your children, 20% of your income for 2 children whilst they are in FTE and then its obviously up to you if you want to carry on paying for their driving lessons etc
JackRS wrote: »
Point is she has no income to cover house bills so are you saying that she may be elligible for JSA and tax credits? Who should she speak to review this situation, is it a case of going to the job center?
So is 20% for each child so effectively 40%?
heartbreak_star wrote: »
I think that's far too much personally!!
RAS wrote: »
No you are expected to pay 15% of your net income if you have one childa and 20 percent in total if you have two eligible children.
What course is the elder one studying???
You MUST sort out the joint bank account urgently. Get your own accoutn and get your salary paid in. Your wife needs to get her own sole account as well.
Close the joint account; if you think there is any chance she will raid it and run up and overdraft then write to the bank (take it in) and tell them that all future debits require both signatures.
Your wife needs to go her www.turn2us.org.uk to work out what support she can get.
She is not entitled to contributions based JSA but can claim income based JSA. But because you have a joint bank account and she is using your salary at will, she will be assessed as having too much income. So you need to split everything properly.
Since we do not know your income, we cannot comment on the suitability of your offer.
But is your wife wants to do something llike the ECDL then I would offer to pay as she will have more chance getting work.
minimoneysaver wrote: »
Jack it sound like you are approaching this situation in a fair way. Maybe you could offer to help her to set up the correct benefits while she job hunts etc? Some people on here are all about the, pay the correct amount and get out.' Whereas I feel that you were once a loving family. Life is about more than money.
Your children are more than likely exploring career paths at the moment and if your ex has been out of work for a long time, she may be lacking confidence to apply for jobs & benefits and may need all the help she can get to get it all together. Good luck to you all.
bodmil wrote: »
Yes and no, I agree with the sentiment but if it hasn't been expected or encouraged when the father was living there, I don't see why it is relevant only because he has left them.
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