What is spousal maintenance, and do I need to worry about it?
The issue of spousal maintenance can be confusing. Many people are unclear about whether or not it is appropriate for them, their spouse, or their ex-partner to make a claim.
Spousal maintenance is when one party makes payments to their ex-partner to assist with their living expenses after the breakdown of their marriage or relationship.
The question of whether spousal maintenance is required should be considered in all cases of separation. This will depend on the specific financial circumstances of both parties, as well as their respective needs and capacity to pay.
Spousal maintenance does not take into account the financial needs of any children of the separated couple. Child needs are dealt with separately through child support and adult child maintenance.