Maintenance (otherwise known as Periodical Payments in legal terms) is regular payments made by the higher earning partner to the lower or non-earning partner. Unlike other financial settlements, maintenance can continue for life (and even after the payer’s death!), so it’s a continuous liability. There are three questions you might want to consider when trying to work out maintenance:
* Should there be maintenance at all?
* If so, does it need to go on forever?
* How do we work out how much any maintenance should be?