FROM THE EDITOR
The matter of financial support after a breakup can often be fraught with problems. At a time of high emotions, the positions of the two former partners (or spouses) can vary hugely.
As you will read on page 36, the entitlement to receive, or the liability to pay, ‘‘spousal maintenance’’ applies not only to married/civil union couples, but also sometimes to de facto relationships.
It refers to one partner paying the reasonable needs of the other partner if only one partner has the ability to pay.
‘‘Reasonable needs’’ does not mean simply the basics, such as food, clothing and shelter.
It is what is required to maintain the standard of living that existed while the parties were together.
A lot of factors come into the equation, including each partner’s earning capacity, and the arrangement the couple had while living together.
It is a complex area and it is best to be well informed.