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'The question is whether there is a real prospect of establishing that the judge gave inadequate reasons for her decision that the husband should provide no spousal maintenance in his retirement. In my view there is no such prospect.'This is significant for two reasons. First, historically courts have frequently not heard cases in advance of a change of circumstances - such as retirement - preferring to wait until the time has come. By accepting Mr Wright's application some 6 years before his planned retirement, and accepting his argument that he should start to reduce the support in advance of that date, the Court of Appeal has given a clear signal that planning for an ‘income changing’ event can be prudent.
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