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Children's living costs

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What are the weekly costs to raise your child or children?

Complete the questions to find out the day-to-day living expenses for your child/ren. This will help you when planning your next steps.

You can use your summary information to inform any discussions around maintenance payments. It will also give you a figure to compare against if you use the GOV.UK child maintenance calculator tool, which we’ve linked to in the children topic.

NOTE: You cannot save this tool into your activity dashboard. Therefore, we suggest that you write down the totals for future use. You may want to add them into your Agreement Builder - Children tool at a later date.

What do you think of Separation Planner?

We’d love to get your feedback on your experience of using Separation Planner. We’ve put together a survey that gives you the opportunity to tell us what you think.

We will use your information to understand better how our users use the service and to help us improve it for users in the future.

Check your situation with our assessment tools

  • Agreement builder - Children

    The process of answering the questions in each agreement builder should help you consider what outcomes are best for your children and both of you. They can form a useful starting point when discussing your situation with your ex-partner or a legal representative such as a solicitor.

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  • Motivation checker - Children

    How you’re going to be effective co-parents apart is one of the most important things you’ll need to figure out. It can be one of the hardest issues – very emotive. This tool aims to give you a head start to managing this well. It will help you explore your own motivations and emotions, and be curious about where your ex may be coming from and what lies behind their ideas.

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