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Maintenance after kids leave home.

Do you have to pay wife maintenance when all child grow up? I pay all bills out of house for 2 years.

In relation to the money you pay to your wife it is usually partly to maintain her and partly to maintain the children.  When the children are grown up and are maintaining themselves then you are usually entitled to a review of maintenance for the purpose of reducing the children part of the maintenance that you would be paying to your wife.

This depends on the original Separation Agreement and any Court Order that was made as a result.  By law any party to a family law settlement is entitled to review the whole issue if circumstances change and you should do this as soon as possible.

If you had a solicitor who put the arrangements in place originally go back to him or her and ask for their advice because they will have all the original paperwork in relation to the case.

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