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:

‘SP’, Derby

Thank you for all your help.  I really felt that you went above and beyond and showed sympathy and understanding for my situation and I am very grateful.


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Brookman Solicitors

55 Reviews

Simon Rogerson 12/08/2019

I wanted to say a big thanks to Henry Bookman and his colleagues for all their help and guidance during my divorce - a long a complicated one. The team were all brilliant. I loved the fact that Henry was happy to explore possibilities and search for solutions. I also feel that on occasions he gave hope when things were against me. All told a great coach who was ready with pearls of wisdom when I needed it.

An'a. K 10/08/2019

I would strongly recommend this firm. I had the opportunity to discuss my case thoroughly with Mr Bookman. But before the initial consultation, I had a telephone conversation with a legal assistant who took most of the details down, so that my initial consultation was to the point I appreciate the advice given by Mr Bookman and think it a humble approach that the initial consultation is FREE and carried by the most senior member of the firm and not by a junior staff like it happens in other firms.

Anonymous 08/08/2019

Aziz Malik. Unbelievably good. Fantastic advice and was able to manage my difficult family law case to a superb outcome. Highly recommended.

Sara Estevez 01/08/2019

I did a consultation with Henry and I highly recommend him. He took the time to understand my situation, checked that he had all the information he needed and once he realized he was not the best person for my case, he recommended another lawyer in another country who could help. Unlike other lawyers I've worked with previously, he was extremely honest, transparent and generous with his time.

Riviera Boulevard 15/06/2019

The professionalism and speed at which Mr Henry responded to the initial enquiry was remarkable and the advice provided was detailed and clear.