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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.

Joseph Ro­manos

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