The Parties are now divorced. As part of the divorce ancillary matters, the Father was ordered to pay maintenance of $1,200 to the Wife.

Due to Covid-19 lockdowns, the Father lost his job, and his income was reduced. As such, he was no longer able to afford the maintenance.

The Mother came to Court seeking to enforce the maintenance arrears amounting to $16,550.

Having considered all the circumstances, the Court accepted the Father’s evidence (that his income fell due to Covid-19) and reduced his arrears by $5,400, and ordered him to pay the balance in instalments of $200 per month.

Summary: Husbands or Fathers who have been ordered to pay maintenance but have very good reasons for not being able to keep up with such maintenance payments, can in the appropriate cases have their maintenance obligations reduced by the Court.

If you would like to speak with us about how to enforce maintenance orders, or to reduce the maintenance payable, do not hesitate to contact us for a free legal consultation.

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