Just wondered if anyone recently had been to court for or been awarded spousal maintenance?
I've heard that its unlikely to be awarded if the person claiming it has started to co habit.
My ex has been living with her new man since June 2006 and disclosed him on form E. However, I am fully expecting that at our FDR is September she is likely to say they have split up. She has already implied that he has only just moved into her rented house with her in Feb 2007 rather than for the last 12 months, thereby implying its a fairly new relationship & unstable.
How would the judge view this, would it seem deliberate at this stage in proceedings.
The ratio of my salary to hers would mean she had a good case to claim it, but I wondered how they view the new relationship in respect of this.
The difficulty here is that once someone:
a) realises that co-habiting will greatly reduce their maintenance, and
b) decides to pull out all the stops to avoid the appearance of co-habitation
you face a difficult task.
If i recall you have very good evidence by way of joint bank statement of your ex and her NP. Which should provide lots of examples amongst the transactions of them being financially linked.