How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Clare Your Own Question
Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 35088
Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
Clare is online now

I am trying to understand the implications of the Wright case

This answer was rated:

I am trying to understand the implications of the Wright case this week for myself. I was ordered to pay considerable spousal maintenance. My children are 21 (left home) and 18 (at university). Can I go back to the court to reverse the judgement?
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
When was the Order made and how old are you both?
What income do you each have?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Order was made in October 2012. I am 50, my ex wife is 49.

I am self employed and currently don't have an income as my work is proving difficult to find. I was back in Court in April 2014 where the judge reduced my spousal maintenance to £1 per annum but I will be taken back to court when my income improves. The maintenance was originally fixed at £2500 per month until she is 60. I still have a school fees debt despite both children having now left school. This was a loan arrangement I made with the school.

She was also given the house (in its totality) and all of the contents. I got a few of my personal posessions but not very much.

What income did you have at the time the order was made and what income does your ex currently have?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My income the year before the order was around £200,000 and about £140,000 the year of the order. It dropped after that to £80,000 and is now nil. I was a partner in a company but am no longer a part of that firm. I have substantial debts including £13500 I owe HMRC.

Her income is a little vague. She works part time as a dental receptionist but has an interior design business which she has always told the court doesn't earn her any money. she was never asked to prove that in court.

I estimate her receptionist job pays around £12 per hour

In many ways the case has no relevance to you at all.
Your spouse maintenance has an end date and it has already been reduced to reflect your lack if income.
However it will prove useful to you as and when you do have an income again and your ex applies for an upward variation as it is yet another case that shows that there is a requirement for the receiving spouse to maximise their earning capacity!
Please ask if you need further details
Clare and other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you