It is often the case in many partnerships, where one partner is more actively involved in managing the family’s finances. In this particular instance, we acted on behalf of Melissa, whose ex-husband was managing the finances of their marriage, giving him most of the financial decision-making power.

Through the process of disclosure, properties previously not known to Melissa were uncovered, and we also became aware that her ex-husband had also been receiving significant amounts of rent from these properties, unbeknown to Melissa.

We acted quickly and applied for a spousal maintenance order for Melissa, who was suffering a huge amount of financial stress as a result of debts that had also been racked up. We succeeded in obtaining such an order, giving Melissa much needed financial support for herself and the children.