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Spousal maintenance is ongoing, periodic maintenance payable by one spouse to the other following a divorce or dissolution.

Spousal maintenance can be for a short defined period, eg two to five years to enable a person to get back on their feet, or a longer term of years e.g. until retirement and availability of pensions, or on a life long basis for the remainder of the parties’ joint lives.

It is entirely separate to child maintenance.

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Whereas there are set formulae for the calculation of child maintenance, spousal maintenance can be harder to calculate. Settlements take into account a number of factors such as standard of the marriage, age, ability to become self-sufficient and retrain, respective needs and capital division. There is a wide discretion to obtain a fair outcome.  Quite often in the immediate aftermath of separation, income needs may be similar especially once child costs are taken into account. The calculator is on this basis but needs may not be similar e.g. if mortgage or rental payments or similar are unequal. 

At iFLG we want to help people reach solutions and settlements. Our calculator is intended to produce a starting point for resolution in the initial period after a final settlement and to assist with the calculation of spousal maintenance.

Specialist legal advice should always be taken. 

 
 
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User Guide: All the figures should be of same currency or nearest converted value in one single currency.

This is a good starting point for working out a fair division of available income for the income needs of each spouse or civil partner. Other factors may need to be taken into account such as resources available apart from earned income. It presumes equal or fairly equal needs of each once child expenses have been taken into account. It presumes the applicant is the primary carer and that the child maintenance needs will be paid as child support and the paying spouse will meet the children's direct costs. It incorporates notional child support costs for both parents and therefore presumes the child spends time with each.

Legal advice should be taken.

See our Financial Remedies App, which sets this out now in much more detail.

 

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