This calculator will help produce a starting point for resolution in the initial period after a final settlement. Specialist legal advice should always be taken.
Spousal maintenance is ongoing, periodic maintenance payable by one spouse to the other following a divorce or civil partnership dissolution.
It can be for a short defined period, e.g. two to five years or a longer term of years e.g. until retirement and availability of pensions, or sometimes it may be for the remainder of the parties’ joint lives. It is separate to child maintenance.
Although there are formulae for the calculation of child maintenance, spousal maintenance is 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.
For more information about spousal maintenance click to read our frequently asked questions.
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We have developed this Digital Tool to help you navigate your way through the most common legal questions which may arise during or at the breakdown of a relationship and to help you know your rights.
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