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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:

‘SC’, London

“Brookman Solicitors is an EXCEPTIONAL law firm, I have no reservations in recommending them.

I was a defendant in a Hague case which involved my then three year old daughter. My lawyer, Maria Conesa Gonzalez, from the initial consultation was very professional and listened intently giving advice clearly and confidently. Throughout the duration of my case which lasted almost three years, Maria told me things she knew I would find hard to accept but relayed them tactfully and listened intently to my responses and concerns. At no point was I made to feel that I was just another client as I would have done in a larger law firm or one of the more well-known ones. Maria made me feel important; she made me feel she cared, yet she maintained the upmost professionalism throughout.

I retained Brookman solicitors at one of the hardest times in my life; it turned out I got the best outcome possible, it was one I never anticipated. This was all due to their hard work and determination. I could not have asked for a better solicitor or a better law firm. The staff at the firm were always polite, cheerful and professional, on occasion they even made me smile when I felt I had forgotten how to. I have no doubt in my mind had I retained a different law firm I would have had to accept a very different outcome, one that I would not have been happy with.

I wholeheartedly recommended Brookman to my friends, family and colleagues and will continue to do so. As a law graduate and someone who has worked in highly prestigious law firms in England and Canada, I can honestly say they are most definitely one of the best law firms out there. I am indebted to Brookman Solicitors and cannot thank them enough. If I ever needed to again, I would retain Brookman Solicitors in a heartbeat.

From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU.”


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