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Will I have to pay maintenance

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04 Apr 12 #321575 by aj4422
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I''ve been separated from my husband for two years, he was unemployed when we split up (and he is unemployed now). This makes me the higher wage earner, does that mean I will have to pay him maintenance?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


P.S we were only married for 3 years.

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04 Apr 12 #321596 by TBagpuss
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Not automatically.

The aim of any financial settlement is to be fair to both of you, taking into account all the circumstances.

If you have been separaated for two years and have not been paying him mainteace during that period I think it is unlikely that you will be required to do so now.

Did you live together before you married? If not, then on the face of it you had a 1 year relationship & no children - I think a court would be likely to take the view that you each take out what you came in with.

If his unemployment is linked to your marraige the situation might be different -( if he gave up wotk to look after your children, for instance)

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04 Apr 12 #321599 by aj4422
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Thanks for your response...

We were married and together for around 2 and a half years, we''ve been seperated for 2 years on top of that. Sorry my terminology isn''t up to scratch.

He was unemployed on and off throughout our marriage, but he did resign one job to relocate when I lost my job at one point.

I don''t know if that makes a difference?

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