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06 Mar 08 #15971 by Blah
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I have been asked to support the purchase of new car within the spousal maintenance.

I am completely unsure how I stand on this. I don't have the money to support the purchase unless something else gives i.e. I cannot afford to live.

I understand that she might need a new car because her old one is getting on a bit now but surely this isn't my responsibility on going otherwise where does it stop.

I have already filled out form E so we have disclosed. To me it just seems like another way to ask for more spousal maintenance.

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07 Mar 08 #16073 by Blah
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Have been thinking about this some more. I suppose what I want to really know is what is seen as being reasonable.

Spousal maintenance could be made up of many requirements, it dosn't just stop with a car.

I want to re-train for work could so paying for a college course, maintenance on the house, I am sure there are lots of other reasons that could be used to say there is a lrger requirement for money.

So where does this stop ?

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07 Mar 08 #16101 by juttabeck
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If it helps, bearing in mind all cases depend on the judge on the day, my partner's ex was told she could pay for her own car, regardless of whether she wanted to or not. Her argument was that she would never have bought the car had she known he was leaving - this didn't stand up in Court.

There is also an argument that if someone wants to retrain, you can still take into account their earning potential in the previous job - ie if they are now a solicitor say and want to retrain as a nursery nurse (so prob ob a lower wage) then you could argue that this is not a financial burden you would be expected to shoulder.

It all changes when there are kids involved though - don't ask me why!

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