How much is paid?
When an application for spousal maintenance is being considered, the Court will look at various factors to determine how much maintenance ought to be paid.
The factors that are looked at include things like:
1. The age and health of the parties.
2. What is considered to be a fair standard of living.
3. Whether a party has the care or control of a child or children of the marriage/relationship that have not attained the age of 18 years.
4. If the person receiving the spousal maintenance is in need of support.
5. The capacity of the person proposing to receive the support’s ability to earn an income.
6. The income, financial resources, property and other investments of the parties.
7. The eligibility of either party for a pension, allowance or benefit and the rate of any such pension, allowance or benefit being paid to either party.
8. The extent to which the payment of maintenance to the party whose maintenance is under consideration would increase the earning capacity of that party by enabling that party to undertake a course of education or training or to establish himself or herself in a business or otherwise to obtain an adequate income.
9. The duration of the marriage / relationship and the extent to which it has affected the earning capacity of the party whose maintenance is under consideration.
10. If either party is cohabiting with another person—the financial circumstances relating to the cohabitation.