Rupert Chapman

Term orders in spousal maintenance cases

Guidance has been recently given as to the proper approach to the question of whether to make a term order for maintenance or not. In the case of Murphy v Murphy [2014] EWHC 2263 (Fam) Holman J considered a case where the parties had participated in a FDR and had agreed the capital division of their assets as well as child maintenance, in relation to both of which an order had been made, but not the quantum and term of maintenance. The wife was 42 and the husband 35 and were married for only 6 years, with two years of cohabitation. There were 2 children aged 3 ½. Read more