Periodical allowance is an order against one party to pay a regular income to the other after divorce or dissolution. It is an award that can provide a person with an income for certain potential future financial needs.
It can be awarded up to three years from divorce – or longer if it’s necessary to relieve one party from serious financial hardship.
It might be paid:
- to allow one of you to adjust to the loss of the other’s support
- to allow one of you to cope with the cost of childcare for a child under 16
- where one of you would suffer severe financial hardship because of the loss of support or income.
If one partner is to receive periodical allowance, it would only generally be paid for a maximum of three years. Very rarely, it can be paid for longer. For example, when the partner receiving periodical allowance has an illness or disability that means they would be in severe financial hardship without this payment. In these cases, periodical allowance might be paid until they die, remarry or enter into a new civil partnership.