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Nominal Spousal Maintenance

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01 Aug 12 #346768 by AiryFairy
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I''m new to the group any currently trying to reach a settlement. My question is about Nominal Spousal Maintenance. My solicitor is urging me to include it Consent Order.
I currently work and will be buying out my stbx who is out of work. I will stay in FMH with our 8 year old. There is some equity in the house so on what grounds would be claiming it in future?

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01 Aug 12 #346772 by dukey
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Nominal orders are very common when one spouse eanrs more than the other and the lower earner has children to look after, they are rarely activated, if you refuse after the solicitor advised it the order may well be refused by the judge, your paying a solicitor to advise its best to listen.

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01 Aug 12 #346773 by Fiona
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Nominal SM is insurance so that if you hit hard times say because of redundancy or ill health and your ex has the ability to pay your child doesn''t suffer undue hardship. Some judges will insist on a nominal amount of SM before signing off the financial order.

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02 Aug 12 #346876 by AiryFairy
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Thanks so much.

Does that still hold weight if we have shared residence


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