Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance may need to be considered, where one of the parties cannot financially support themselves following the breakdown of a marriage, but this will depend on the circumstance of the case.

The amount of maintenance to be paid is often worked out through negotiation. Many clients approach us to ensure that they have the right information available to them to make sure that any agreement reached is the right one.  

The family law team at Judge & Priestley understand that maintenance negotiations can be much more complicated than originally anticipated. Our team is equipped to provide you with advice to give you the steps to be taken regarding tracing earnings, if that was necessary, and help you achieve stability for both you and your children.

Spousal maintenance only needs to be paid in circumstances where post-separation one partner cannot financially support themselves.  The payment period is normally short but will depend on the circumstances. Every circumstance is different, and our team is able to provide you with advice that is tailored to your needs.

In some circumstances, a spouse will be able to apply for spousal maintenance as soon as divorce proceedings have been initiated by either party. This is called “maintenance pending suit” and is available to parties that are unable to cover their living costs while the divorce and financial proceedings are ongoing. We will assess your case and advise you on whether this option is available to you or potentially to your spouse.

At Judge & Priestley, we understand that most people want to get on with their lives as soon as possible. With our years of experience, we can assure that you will receive professional advice that balances both you and your children's interests.

If you need to speak to a solicitor regarding maintenance then please call us in complete confidence on 020 8290 0333 (Bromley, Blackheath, and Sidcup office), or 020 8658 3922 (Beckenham office) to make an appointment.

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