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Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is awarded if one party (commonly the wife but not always) cannot adequately support themselves without payment from the other.  The amount paid is dependent on the needs of the awarded party, their own income (actual or potential) and the payer’s income.  Spousal maintenance automatically comes to an end if the recipient chooses to remarry or either party dies.  Financial support can also be reviewed if a recipient’s circumstances change and a court can adjust the term and the amount of the maintenance order.

Receiving spousal maintenance:
Brookman Solicitors will advise you of your options and will work to secure the best outcome for you.  Whether your situation requires a regular payment (normally monthly) or a single lump sum, Brookman Solicitors will ensure that your spousal maintenance is calculated fairly and appropriately.

Paying spousal maintenance:
Brookman Solicitors will seek to resolve your spousal maintenance case and ensure that the payment that you make to your ex-partner is a fair one, considering all aspects of your case.  If your financial situation has changed, Brookman Solicitors can facilitate an application on your behalf and, if necessary, request a reduction in your maintenance payments, or to vary the term.

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Spousal Maintenance

Spousal Maintenance - Scenario Analysis Example #1

When Mr J saw us he had been separated for 3 years. He and his wife sold their home, divided the proceeds and continued working as before. He was a consultant and Mrs J was a Business Manager. Their 12 year old daughter lived with her and he paid child support. Mrs J had now lost her job and he had a lawyer’s letter requesting payments of maintenance for his wife.

Our solution:
We advised that he should resist the claim. Although it was possible in principle we considered that his wife had demonstrated that she could find employment. It highlighted that it was a pity they had not settled matters with a consent court order when they sold the house. Eventually Mr J paid a relatively small sum to dispose of the claim and consent orders were made finalising claims once and for all.

What our clients are saying:

‘BA’, Australia (March 2019)

“My dealings with Julius Brookman and other people were all very positive. It made a difficult process & time a lot easier to deal with, thank you.”


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Brookman Solicitors

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Jen Ade 23/07/2020

I had an initial consultation and Henry was well prepared. He gave great advice and followed through quite quickly. He was very helpful.

Chris Mullins 15/07/2020

Henry and team were most professional, considerate and efficient when handling the financial proceedings owing to my overseas divorce. I recommend their services highly. International circumstance was at first to me most daunting and confusing, given each country had its' own unique approach. Thankfully Henry was knowledgeable of the law on either side of the seas and able therefore to provide best guidance and reasoning to me which enabled favourable settlement!

Wim Jansen 24/06/2020

I contacted Brookman to ask for information regarding the validity of an international divorce court ruling. They were very quick in providing me with the right information. When I had another question a few months later around children matters I phoned them again and after taking some background information and contact details they booked me in for a free telephone consultation with 1 of their partners Talitha Brookman. She spent half an hour of her time explaining to me what I could expect and provided legal advice. All was free of charge. I would not hesitate to contact them again should any matter become more formal and have to go through court. The service has been quick, professional and very friendly.

Rebecca Brown 01/06/2020

Highly recommend this firm. Having searched around different firms for advice for some time, I had a free consultation with Henry Brookman. He was incredibly knowledgeable about my complex situation, gave straightforward advice and empowered me to understand exactly how I need to proceed.

Nik Carter 10/05/2020

I recently had a free initial consultation with Henry Brookman via video conference. He was considered and meticulous in his approach and gave me well thought through advice. He followed this up with a letter in writing summarising the advice he gave me. I would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone looking for legal representation in a divorce.