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27 Aug 12 #352149 by positive41
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My lawyer suggests that I won''t have a right to spousal support because a)I''m too young( 41) b) I''ve just got a full time job to keep a roof over our heads and pay the bills Can anyone tell me if this is correct??? I was with him for 24 years married for 17 and helped him build up a very successful business by working partime all our married life and in the beginning typing letters etc for the company in the evenings because he couldn''t afford a secretary. I then held the home together and allowed him to travel all over the place for work. It seems so unfair do you think my lawyer is correct??? I''m scared of the future I know my salary alone won''t keep us.... any good advice out there???

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27 Aug 12 #352155 by LittleMrMike
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I suppose nobody has an automatic '' right '' to spousal support, but it depends very much on your needs and the ability of the payer to meet or contribute to them.

You say '' My salary alone won''t keep us '' so do I infer from this that there are dependent children ? Your husband would have pay child support if this is true. Sometimes child support is all that people can be expected to pay, But since you say nothing of your circumstances nor those of your husband, I can''t comment.

Save only this, that presumably your lawyer knows the local courts and the local judges and the way they think. This local knowledge is valuable.

May I suggest that you check your benefit entitlement after separation, especially tax credits. Such benefits can often make an appreciable difference. A CAB should be able to assist.

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27 Aug 12 #352158 by dukey
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Mike a quiet word in your ear, did you notice the flag is not England?.

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27 Aug 12 #352163 by rubytuesday
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Family Law in Northern Ireland is substantially the same as in England and Wales save that the Court does not have the power to capitalise spousal maintenance.

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27 Aug 12 #352167 by dukey
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No one likes a smart arse now do they?.

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27 Aug 12 #352169 by rubytuesday
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:P

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27 Aug 12 #352179 by LittleMrMike
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Dukey, you are quite correct, of course, but I frankly doubt whether the situation in Northern Ireland would be all that different.

Mike

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