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Posted by Newcastle89 
Earning Potential
October 25, 2022 04:09PM
Good afternoon

I am trying to understand how to find out what my ex's earning potential could be. She moved from her full time job earning £60k around 11 years ago when my youngest was born to part time earning £30k. When my youngest was born she then resigned to look after her. She now earns £20k working part time more locally, around school hours etc. How do I find out what her earning potential could be when it comes to financial negotiations.
Re: Earning Potential
October 25, 2022 04:20PM
Many people do this because it often makes more financial sense to work part time around school hours rather than work full time and pay out for child care. I suspect there are more factors to be taken into account here rather than what your wife's earning capacity would be if she had no child care responsibilities.
Re: Earning Potential
October 25, 2022 06:26PM
Thanks for the reply. I was interested what the court would say about earning potential and what is expected - to increase hours during the school day or find a better paying job (this would probably require additional training) or to work full time in the current job (this would require additional childcare for some years) of course adding additional hours then reduces universal credits so the end result is not much different
Re: Earning Potential
October 26, 2022 10:50AM
>>adding additional hours then reduces universal credits so the end result is not much different

Quite so. There is almost certainly rather more to this than just considering earning potential in the abstract.
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