Spousal Maintenance

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is an amount paid by one partner to fund the other partner's reasonable living expenses.

The question as to whether a partner is liable to pay spousal maintenance to the other partner essentially depends on whether one has a genuine need for financial support and whether the other has the capacity to provide that support.

Factors that the court consider when determining these issues include, but are not limited to, the partner's age, health and employment status.

Spousal maintenance can be made on an interim or final basis and can take the form of recurrent payments or a lump sum payments, can be for a defined period or an indefinite period depending on the circumstances of the case.

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