SO­LIC­I­TORS’ COM­MENTS

Lancashire Life - - Family -

The court has a duty in fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment cases to con­sider whether a clean break can be achieved, with the aim be­ing to sever the fi­nan­cial ties be­tween a di­vorc­ing cou­ple as soon as pos­si­ble, pro­vided this does not cause un­due hard­ship. Over re­cent years, long term main­te­nance or­ders are be­com­ing rarer and the statu­tory bar which pre­vents main­te­nance ex­tend­ing be­yond a set term is be­com­ing more com­mon­place.

Pa­tri­cia Robin­son, Part­ner, Slater Heelis, Sale. 0161 672 1449, pa­tri­cia. robin­[email protected]­heelis.co.uk

As there is no set cal­cu­la­tion for spousal main­te­nance aka a Pe­ri­od­i­cal Pay­ments Or­der (PPO), it can be dif­fi­cult for par­ties (es­pe­cially those who are un­rep­re­sented) to know how or whether to set­tle their case. When mak­ing a PPO, the judge has a sig­nif­i­cant amount of dis­cre­tion and must look at all the cir­cum­stances of the case, but first and fore­most the judge needs to con­sider whether there is suf­fi­cient cap­i­tal to meet the needs of the par­ties with­out mak­ing a PPO.

Sarah Thomp­son, Fam­ily Lawyer, Slater and Gor­don, Manch­ester.

0161 383 3500, sarah.thomp­[email protected] slater­gor­don.co.uk mean that they would re­ceive a lump pay­ment and not on­go­ing pe­ri­od­i­cal pay­ments. There is of­ten a dis­count pro­vided for im­me­di­ate re­ceipt of pay­ment and it al­lows both par­ties to work to­wards a clean break or­der.

Ru­bina Vohra, Part­ner, Forbes So­lic­i­tors. 01254 580000, ru­bina. [email protected]­lic­i­tors.co.uk.

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