Spousal maintenance, one of the issues considered when looking at a couples finances on separation, is a common sticking point and there has been a lot of cases through the courts of late, which have shown a move away from what Judges have described as a meal ticket for life.

Some say that it is the provincial courts that are more inclined to limit the term of the spousal maintenance, which is causing many women to start financial proceedings in the capital but is that true or anecdotal?

Whether spousal maintenance is appropriate and if so, for what term and amount, depends on all the financial circumstances of each individual case and this is something our family team can advise you on, hopefully without the need to involve any court.