Filling in Form E: Part 3 Financial requirements

This section is in two parts. Part 1 asks about your income needs and the needs of any children living with you or who you support. How much money do you and they need to live on?

In section 3.1 you tell the court whether you have calculated your income needs on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. Once you have decided which basis to use, try not to mix them up! If the list of what you need will not fit in the box, continue on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to the form. You can use our checklist below to help you work out your income needs.

Section 3.1 also asks you to tell the court if the income you need for you and your children is likely to change in the near future, why it is changing and an estimate of the cost. So, for example, if your energy bills or mortgage are about to go up, tell the court here and estimate how much more income you will need to cover the additional expense. You may have to estimate future costs if, for example, you are currently staying with relatives but expect to move to your own home once the financial case has been sorted out.

Checklist

What do you need money for and how much do you need? Calculate your income needs using our checklist to make sure you do not forget anything. To get a monthly figure from weekly figures, multiply by 4.33.

Item

£ per month

ACCOMMODATION COSTS

Mortgage/Rent

£

Endowment policy linked to mortgage

£

Council tax

£

Water rates

£

Electricity

£

Gas

£

Service charge

£

Ground rent

£

Oil/Solid fuel

£

HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES

Food/housekeeping

£

Buildings insurance

£

Contents insurance

£

Window cleaning and gardening

£

T.V. licence

£

Cable/satellite subscription or DVD hire

£

Broadband/landline

£

House maintenance

£

Boiler maintenance

£

CAR

Insurance

£

Road tax

£

Maintenance

£

Petrol

£

Loan for car purchase

£

CHILDREN

Travel to school

£

School dinners/packed lunches

£

Uniform

£

School trips

£

Other school expenses (contributions to cooking etc)

£

OUT OF SCHOOL

Clothes and shoes

£

Childcare (gross cost)

£

Nappies, wipes and creams

£

Dentist

£

Optician (contact lenses/glasses)

£

Haircuts

£

Pets including any vet's bills

£

Books and toys

£

Clubs and classes

£

Christmas and birthdays

£

Presents for their friend's birthdays

£

PERSONAL EXPENSES

Clothes and shoes

£

Pension contributions

£

Mobile phone

£

Hair

£

Dentist

£

Optician (contact lenses/glasses)

£

Prescription charges

£

Dry cleaning

£

Entertainment

£

Travel to work

£

Lunches at work

£

Holidays

£

Subscriptions

£

Other accommodation

£

Other items

£

TOTAL

£

Part 2 asks about your capital needs. ‘Capital’ is a fund of money. You may need capital to buy a home for you and the children to live in or a car to let you get to work. In this section you explain what you need and how much it will cost.

If any of your children have separate capital needs, for example, for a car, a wheelchair, a computer, specialist sports equipment, you identify these here as well as the cost.

You need to show how you have estimated the cost of each item (perhaps from a range of online prices for the same item) and that it is reasonable. It is reasonable if it is in line with your usual standard of living. If you normally drive to work in a Ford Fiesta, the court is unlikely to think that asking your ex to pay for a Porsche is reasonable.

If neither of you has any money to meet your capital needs, you can leave this section blank. You may have needs, but unfortunately, in practice, they are not going to be met.

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