When a relationship breaks down and finances have to be sorted out, the law states that the result must be “fair”. A problem sometimes arises when there is a disagreement as to what amounts to fairness. This is particularly so when it comes to the question of whether maintenance should be paid by one party to the other and if so, for how long.
These days, people move between countries with greater ease and relationships between those of differing nationalities is much more common. One consequence of this important social change is that issues sometimes arise concerning whether the courts in a particular country have the right to deal with a case.