What are Rule 43 Applications?

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Rule 43 applications provide interim relief for the spouse bringing it until the final divorce order is made at trial or following settlement. A standard Rule 43 application deals with aspects of spousal maintenance, issues with respect to children and contributions to legal costs. It is particularly useful when the other spouse is the primary breadwinner, and is intended to put the parties on a more equal footing when litigating the divorce.If there is a change in circumstances, or the contribution to your legal costs runs out and it is necessary for your spouse to make a further contribution to your legal costs, you also have the option to bring a Rule 43(6) application dealing with the same content.
(click the link here for a useful organogram showing what a Rule 43 applications typically cover)

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