The Family Court has the power to make orders for spousal maintenance, which is completely separate to child maintenance.
There are three types of spousal maintenance:
- Joint lives maintenance, which continues until either of the parties dies, the receiving party’s remarriage, or further order of the court.
- Term maintenance, which continues for a set number of years, but with the possibility of extension.
- Term maintenance with a bar, which is the same as term maintenance, except that the receiving party cannot apply for the period to be extended.
Spousal maintenance involves the payment of a regular monthly sum by reference to the receiving party’s needs. Either party can apply to the court to vary the maintenance if there is a change in circumstances. Given the complicated nature of financial claims on divorce, it is vital that you consult an experienced family lawyer, especially where there is an international element (which can prove crucial to your case).
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