In a speech given on Tuesday Lord Wilson has defended our legal system of large capital payments on divorce and the reasoning behind often long term spousal maintenance payments.

However, it's true that in recent years we've seen a trend towards judges favouring limiting the term of maintenance payments with the assumption that the ex-spouse (more often then not the wife) will return to work/increase her earnings in the future.

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