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Maintenance pending suit: worth considering if you need money quickly

If you are in need of financial support between the start of the divorce proceedings and reaching a financial settlement, you can apply to the court for help.


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to get a divorce in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist divorce solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

Maintenance pending suit: worth considering if you need money quickly

Just because you are going through a divorce, it doesn’t stop the bills from landing in your letterbox.

Many people find that they need some kind of a financial stop-gap, so they can get help with the bills while the divorce application is being dealt with in the courts.

Maintenance Pending Suit Order is an order for one spouse to pay money to the other on a periodic basis, until the financial aspects of the divorce are resolved.

You can apply for this order at any point after the presentation of the divorce petition.

The above article is part of our guide on how to get a divorce in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland specialist divorce solicitor who will be able to provide advice tailored to your own personal circumstances.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
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