Maintenance is the financial support provided to pay for the reasonable costs of accommodation, clothing, food and living expenses required by a wife or child
Every has a statutory (legal) duty to provide maintenance for his wife and every parent has the same duty to provide maintenance for the parent’s child
A party can formally apply to the Court to obtain a Maintenance Order which will formally order the husband or parent to provide maintenance to his wife or children
The wife has a right to claim maintenance from the husband regardless of her misconduc
However, a wife’s misconduct may affect the amount of maintenance that she is awarded by the Court
The duty to provide maintenance for the wife and child exists regardless of whether Divorce proceedings are ongoing (i.e. the husband / father has a duty to maintain his wife and children even when the marriage has not broken down and when the marriage has not been ended)
Maintenance can be paid by giving a monthly allowance or making a lump sum payment
Jonathan is a family justice lawyer in Singapore. He graduated from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 2002 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn) in 2003.
Jonathan is experienced in handling family and divorce mediation, matrimonial law litigation and also all aspects of trial litigation including conducting negotiations and trials as well as presenting appeals in the High Court and Court of Appeal.