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1. Dear Simon, I regret to say that no matter why your wife leaves you, the obligation to pay maintenance in relation to children survives the breakup of the relationship with your wife. However, you can certainly argue that you have no liability to pay spousal maintenance should the facts show that she is self sufficient. However, a father always has an obligation to pay child maintenance. There is no concept of fault removing the obligation to pay child maintenance should your wife desert you. Should you require further clarification of these two issues - child maintenance and spousal maintenance, I will be happy to help you further.
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