The case of Waggott in the Supreme Court concerned an application by a Wife to appeal the court's decision to end periodic payments from her Husband. The media have enjoyed using the term "meal ticket for life" and it was felt that this case may see the end of maintenance payments for life from former spouses. Ultimately the Supreme Court refused the Wife's appeal against the original order. That order provided that the maintenance payments will end in 2021. Whilst it might appear a victory for those keen to end joint life maintenance payments the court stated there was not an arguable point of law in this matter. Therefore, the parameters of a movement to clean break orders are still unclear and there will no doubt be further arguments on this point until there is clarity from the courts.
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The Supreme Court confirmed this month it had refused permission to appeal in Waggott v Waggott because the application did not raise an arguable point of law. The decision means family lawyers will have to wait for further clarification on the issue of maintenance following a divorce.