Angela: What sum is required to cover maintenance?

The Challenges Angela Brought To Me

  • Living with her partner but not married, Angela was concerned about what would happen now that they were separating
  • The house was in her partner’s name and he was the major income earner
  • She had 2 young sons who would live with her after separation
  • What she wanted to know was , “What sum would I need now to cover maintenance for the boys until age 18?”


What Angela Wanted Most:

  • To understand what she was currently spending each year
  • To know what was the minimum amount she could survive on, and where she could make savings
  • Greater confidence around dealing with her finances.


The Steps We Took Together

  • We worked out her existing monthly spending
  • We looked at where she could cut back if necessary
  • For each option we calculated what sum she needed now


The Results for Angela

  • “ I now have greater confidence about my finances”
  • “I understand what minimum amount I need from the settlement”
  • “But I also know what figure would allow the boys to continue to have the same lifestyle they currently enjoy”
  • Armed with this information she and her lawyer were able to enter negotiations


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– Ruth Dellow

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– Caroline Crowhurst

Mary’s advice is so down to earth and straight forward that I feel I am at last getting to grips with my finances. She explains everything without technical jargon and I always know I can ask any question without feeling it’s a foolish question. Her service is absolutely amazing.

– Dr Diane Keith