There are two forms of maintenance: maintenance for children and spousal maintenance.
Maintenance (or periodical payments) for a spouse on divorce are based on the parties needs and will be most appropriate where there is an ongoing maintenance requirement for one spouse that can not be met in any other way. Spousal maintenance is very different from maintenance for children and must always be considered separately. Maintenance when awarded can always be varied up or down depending on the financial circumstances of each party.
Interim maintenance is paid during divorce proceedings and is intended to provide financial support to a spouse until a full and final financial resolution can be reached. It can be paid by either party, but is normally paid by the family’s highest earner. If an agreement cannot be reached, you must obtain an order from the court to secure interim spousal maintenance.
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