Maintenance can be awarded to a spouse/civil partner for their own benefit and/or for the benefit of a dependent child who is under the age of 18, or 23 if the child is in full-time education. If the child is over 18 and under 23 and the financial circumstances do not allow him/her to attend further education, maintenance can be applied for in order to facilitate further education.
If the child has a mental or physical disability to such a degree that it will not be possible for the child to maintain him/herself fully, then there is no age limit for seeking maintenance for their support.
Each party must disclose their finances to the court and the judge will consider all of the family’s circumstances when making a maintenance order.
Seamus Maguire and Co Solicitors will give you a full explanation of procedures involved in an application for a Maintenance Order. You will also be advised of your options in the event that a Maintenance Order is not paid and you need to enforce the Court Order.