I hope someone can help me. My wife left me for another man last year and is living with him, and has now decided that she wants to stop paying money to our joint account; this covers the mortgage and stuff. I work part time but she's got a good job and gets paid quite well. we don't have children. Am i entitled to spousal maintenance?
She's also threatening to sell the house; is she allowed to do this?
If the house isn't in joint names you should register your marital rights. If her not contributing to the mortgage is causing real hardship you could apply for 'maintenance pending suit' as a stop gap until final settlement has been agreed.
Whether or not spousal maintenance is likely to be awarded usually depends on the needs of one party and the ability to pay of the other. In cases where there are substantial amounts involved the emphasis moves from need to fair sharing. Generally the higher the capital division is in favour of someone the less need there is for SM. I
Sorry, it's very difficult to be specific because judges have a lot of discretion, but as a very rough idea years ago Lord Denning suggested a rule of thumb that SM should be awarded if one party's income was less than a third of the total of joint incomes. Earning capacity is also relevant.