If you decide to go ahead and apply to the courts, you’ll need to provide a short written statement setting out your financial situation. This should include:
- your capital
- any debts you have
- your earning capacity
- details of what you need on a day-to-day basis in the short term, and
- your current income, including your earnings, money received from your ex-partner and any state benefits.
The court decides whether aliment should be awarded – and if so, how much – by looking at all the circumstances of the case.
This includes looking at the overall amount of money available, as well as how much the person being asked to pay aliment could earn. It won’t just look at how much income that person has.
This can be useful if one of you has a low income, but has considerable assets – for example, a profitable business.
Aliment ends when your divorce or dissolution is finalised.