Divorce Solicitor London
In some divorce cases it may be appropriate for one of the spouses to make maintenance payments to the other one. This would typically be the case if one partner earned more than the other one, who would be unable to support themselves without this financial support. Maintenance isn’t always appropriate and, while it has traditionally been paid by the husband to the wife, an arrangement that sees the payment going the other way could be possible.
If you are dealing with a maintenance issue, you should contact a Divorce Solicitor. London Divorce Lawyers in our office can answer any questions you might have about maintenance and other financial arrangements that might be necessary as part of your divorce, but here is some further background on maintenance payments.
The Different Types of Maintenance
There are different types of maintenance, designed to suit the different situations that divorcing couples often find themselves in. The terms of any maintenance agreement are likely to differ with each case. There may be a single lump sum payout, or a payment that is made every month. Some maintenance arrangements may be temporary, allowing one of the partners time to become self sufficient, while others might only end when the former partner remarries or dies.
Whether maintenance is appropriate, and if so how much it will be, will depend on the factors surrounding each individual divorce case. These factors typically include, but aren’t limited to, the ability of the dependent spouse to support themselves without any financial assistance, their current earnings and future earning potential, and the earnings of the spouse who might be expected to pay maintenance. Maintenance is therefore not guaranteed in every single divorce case, and the exactly how much one spouse might have to pay, if they have to pay it at all, will be decided on a case by case basis.
Maintenance Reviews and Modification
If maintenance is required, the amount could be subject to review and modification for a number of reasons. If the supporting spouse were to receive an increase in salary, they might be expected to pay more. Alternatively, if the dependent spouse were to benefit from an increase in earnings, the amount of maintenance might be reduced. Changes in inflation and the cost of living, as well as a number of other reasons, could also cause maintenance to be increased or decreased. However, if the partners have agreed to a Clean Break Order, this could limit the possibility of a modification in the future for some of the reasons already outlined.
If you’re dealing with a maintenance issue and need assistance from a Divorce Solicitor. London Family Solicitors from our firm provide different levels of service to suit all budgets, and will make sure you get the advice you need.