Maintenance orders: Most applicants are wives

Court figures reveal for first time that two in three applying for financial support are still married

Figures released for the first time by the Family Justice Courts (FJC) show that the bulk of applicants seeking maintenance orders are women still married to their husbands.

In fact, two in three of the 1,315 applications filed, on average, each year between 2016 and 2018 were by wives against their husbands for financial support for themselves or their children.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline 'Maintenance orders: Most applicants are wives'. Subscribe