I am preparing my petition etc and am getting confused about income and expenditure and just how to present this.
I know that costs are whatever they are, but in practice my wife and I just combine all our income and pay out what is needed.
For the purposes of working out a financial statement just for me and taking 'my' very basic essential costs I end up with a negative. Surely this cannot be right and the OR will question this. I want to avoid going forward on a totally joint financial statement because my wife has to make payments for a loan and also her credit cards. Apart from that she also would like to continue to have some small 'non-essential' spending.
The form asks about contribution from the household (ie my wife) and obviously in practice she makes up any shortfall on 'my' costs. But we do not really want to state this contribution as a fixed monthly amount. In any case my parents also provide regular financial support.
Can anyone provide some practical advice? Do I have this whole thing wrong?