Who is maintenance paid for?
Maintenance is paid for dependent children. A dependent child for maintenance purposes is:
- someone who is under 18, or
- someone between 18 and 23 years if they are in full-time education, or
- someone who has a mental or physical disability and where it is not reasonably possible for the child to maintain her/himself fully. In this case the duty to financially maintain that child continues indefinitely.
In some circumstances maintenance may also be paid for an ex-spouse or former co-habitant.