Husbands and wives have
a mutual obligation to support each other financially while they are married. After separation, but before divorce, maintenance for a separated spouse is known as “aliment”. Maintenance
can be payable after divorce, in which case it is called “periodical
allowance”, and is usually awarded for a fixed number
of years, depending on circumstances. The amounts of aliment
or periodical allowance can be agreed, failing which the spouse
seeking the maintenance must make an application to the court.
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Both parents have an obligation to maintain their children,
whether they are married to each other or not. Where the parents
are living together, this obligation is fulfilled without any
money changing hands. However, when the parents separate, the
children usually have their main home with one parent, who
becomes the primary carer (the residential parent). The other
parent (the non-residential parent) then has an obligation
to assist the residential parent financially in maintaining
the children. Parents can agree on the amount of maintenance
to be paid, or can apply to the Child Support Agency (or, in
some circumstances the court) for a maintenance assessment
to be made. For more information click here.
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