Yup, hence my original comment being prefaced with "on the whole".x9200 wrote:There could a scenario where there is no maintenance for the kids (say, at the divorce time they were out or almost out = they are adults) and I still think the spouse should be granted the maintenance for herself under some circumstances.k1w1 wrote:I don't understand your question: "do you mean there are no kids at all?" (I'm only referring to couples who do not have children. Obviously the welfare of children should be a huge factor in maintenance decisions and taking care of them can impede on a parent's ability to work so the other spouse should help share this).
If a couple has no kids at all the maintenance for the spouse is more questionable but again, there are situations where I believe it should be granted.
Yes, the whole maintenance thing (both for the spouse and the children) is heavily abused but this is not a black and white situation at all.
If a couple had been together for long enough for their children to have grown up and left home, and their arrangement was always for the wife to not work outside of the home, then of course that should be taken into consideration. Completely different scenario to a couple without kids where both parties can support themselves.