Spousal Maintenance is a complex issue which often leads to much debate during financial proceedings on divorce. This is largely due to the oft-cited claim that such maintenance payments are a “meal ticket for life” by obliging one spouse to maintain the lifestyle of their former spouse for the rest of their life. However, an analysis of legislation and recent cases highlights the courts’ approach is, in reality, not to use Spousal Maintenance as a “meal ticket for life” but rather to use it as a temporary (when possible) safeguard from hardship for the financially weaker spouse until they are able to stand on their own two feet.

After rumours surrounding his extra-marital affairs with another woman surfaced, Robert Herjavec and his wife Diane Plese separated on July 24, 2014 after 24 years of marriage and three adult children. Plese filed for divorce in March 2015. When a couple divorce, it’s not unusual for maintenance to form part of the financial settlement. Only…

Decorated Swedish driver, Kenny Bräck, became a household name after winning three separate Championship titles during the 90s. Bräck also survived one of the most violent crashes in sport’s history when his car touched wheels with Tomas Scheckter’s in the closing stages of the Texas Motor Speedway in 2003, before returning eighteen months later to…

Relationships aren’t always easy. Yes, they can be wonderful and exciting and thrilling but they can also be frustrating and, at times, pretty painful. There are no hard and fast rules to having the perfect relationship, if indeed this even exists. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help keep your relationship…

In a landmark victory for those advocating for the rights of unmarried couples, the Supreme Court ruled that denying a widowed parent’s allowance to an unmarried mother and her four children was unlawful. Siobhan McLaughlin, a 46-year old special needs classroom assistant and mother to four children, aged 15 – 23, had been fighting the…