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If my wife deserts me without just cause, am I obliged to

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If my wife deserts me without just cause, am I obliged to pay her maintenance?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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.

Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Buachaill. However, there are no children involved and we were only married for 2 years. Please advise if I still need to pay maintenance to my spouse only?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am trying to establish if I have an obligation to pay my spouse maintenance. She has a job and has deserted me without cause on my part. As I said there are NO children involved. Please clarify or refer me to conditions for maintenance payment
Ts in my particular situation. Thanks.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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