I need help coming up with an amount
If you've been following my "Am I being unreasonable post" you will understand the background to this post.
A brief summary - I work, DH and I have 4 kids together (2 are mine, 2 are his). DH stays home with the kids. I get support of $1250 per month for my 2. He gets nothing from BM (she is no longer in the picture at all - hardly any contact with the kids at all and she moved to the other side of the country). He is afraid to go after her for support b/c he thinks he will lose his kids if he does. Don't even get me started on that...
He is going to go back to work b/c our mortgage payment just went up $200 per month and we just can't swing it anymore on my salary and child support alone. I have no idea how to split bills with him and I also want to ask that some of my children's support get put away for them (or I can spend it on just them if I want to). DH has the option of going after BM for support if he wants the same but he's chosing not to.
So, what's a fair amount to ask him for out of the $1250 per month that I get? Will it depend on how much money he's making. He probably will only be able to make about half of what I'm making now and that's without factoring in the money I get for child support. I know we can't split bills 50/50. I'm just not sure how to go about doing this?
What do you do in your house? Do you use your kids support to help support your entire household or do you use some if it JUST for your kids?