If you must pay maintenance or are eligible to receive maintenance, it’s important to know that it may not continue for the rest of your life. Maintenance orders can be limited to a specific period of time, like until your children are old enough to go to school and you can go back to work or until you finish studying. Maintenance orders can also be changed if you or your ex-partner has a change in their financial or personal situation.
Maintenance can be paid either as a lump sum or in monthly payments. Many couples prefer to pay maintenance in a lump sum because it gives them certainty over how much money they must pay or will receive. It may also help you close this chapter in your life and move on.