I have always earned a lot more than my Spouse, will I need to financially support my Spouse after we are divorced?
The answer to this is that financial support does not necessarily stop when you divorce, particularly where one spouse earns more than the other; where there has been a long marriage and if there are dependent children under the age of 18. The Court will always consider whether there should be any maintenance at all and if maintenance is to be paid, the Court would need to consider the income of each party (including any bonuses) and the needs of both parties.
There are different types of maintenance orders for spouses:
Maintenance can always be varied at any time whilst it is in payment and careful thought also needs to be given to things like death, illness and unemployment which would affect a maintenance order in payment.
Maintenance for children is different to spousal maintenance and needs to be considered separately, although how much child maintenance is being paid will affect whether it is reasonable for additional spousal maintenance also to be paid.
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