2nd November 2017
Marilyn was fantastic yesterday. She was amazing. She went through everything with a fine-toothed comb and was sensible, level headed yet open to compromise in order to help us reach an agreement. I really was impressed with how she helped us to reach a resolution and her years of experience were clearly on show.
She had briefed me about how the meeting would work so that I was prepared, but I have to say I hadn’t truly understood the skill needed to negotiate even the smallest details of the maintenance payments. Marilyn had impressed upon me that I wouldn’t get any more than what I’d requested previously but that she would be working to ensure that I receive as much of that amount as possible.
We debated everything from the cost of the cleaner, holidays, and private health cover through to dental care, food budgets, school trips, school uniform and shoes. So many details but Marilyn was focused – I don’t know how she managed all that information, but she did.
I am so pleased that the finances are now agreed and I know how much money I will have each month. James and I were able to smile at each other afterwards, I thought he was going to hug me at one point, but he seemed happy with the agreement. I’m relieved. I’d hate this to become a cause of resentment as that would ultimately impact the children.
Time for a glass of bubbles and a warm bath. That’s how I roll these days!