Maintenance means the right to financial support. This can be between husband and wife, known as spousal maintenance, and/or for the support of dependent children, known as child maintenance. A child of a non marital relationship has the right to financial support from both parents. In practice it is usually the custodial parent who will seek maintenance from the other parent.
The court must determine whether “proper maintenance” is being paid, and this is decided by an examination of the financial circumstances of each party and the needs of the dependent person on whose behalf maintenance is sought.
FROM OUR BLOG:
HOW MUCH MAINTENANCE WILL I HAVE TO PAY?
Many people understandably believe that there are standard levels of payment for maintenance in Ireland. But they are wrong….In reality, there is no fixed rule in the State, to determine an appropriate figure for maintenance payments.
Under Irish law, there are two types of maintenance you may be legally obliged to pay after separation or divorce: spousal maintenance and dependent child maintenance.
Spousal maintenance relates to the obligation which each married person or civil partner has to financially support the other. Maintenance for children is payable for as long at the child remains legally dependent, i.e. when they are 18 or – if they are still in education – 23. However, in the case of a medically dependent child, this obligation may be ongoing. >>Read More