Q Do I have to pay my ex Spouse maintenance forever?

  • Marriage creates a reciprocal duty of support, that is to say either spouse could be ordered to pay maintenance depending on the circumstances.
  • In marriages of long duration where one spouse has not worked for some time the court may order maintenance to be paid until death or remarriage.
  • In marriages of short duration where a spouse has not worked the court may award maintenance for a time to allow that spouse to reestablish work or income.
  • Where both spouses are able to work and support themselves there is usually no need to pay maintenance
  • If a spouse cannot work due to mental or physical disability¬† this would give rise to a maintenance claim.

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