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After a divorce your ex-husband or wife is normally expected to support him or herself.
Depending on how long you were married and the division of duties in the marriage, your age, health, level of education, career prospects and ability of your ex-spouse to earn a living, you may have to continue to support them financially, at least for a certain period.
The court decides on the size of the maintenance contributions based on:
An agreement is drawn up by the ex-spouses or the court, which is then examined and approved by the court.
Parents continue to be responsible for supporting their children financially after a divorce. This responsibility ends at the earliest when the child reaches the age of majority or completes a first level of education and training that allows it to start work.
The size of the maintenance contributions should reflect the needs of the child, although they must not exceed the means of the person paying maintenance and drive them below the minimum subsistence level.
For information on how maintenance contributions are calculated, contact a judicial authority or a lawyer.
If your ex-husband or wife neglects their maintenance obligations:
You can also initiate criminal proceedings against the person who neglects their maintenance obligations even though they were in a position to pay maintenance.
The courts are organised differently from canton to canton. Ask your canton’s judicial authority or a lawyer if you are not sure which court to contact.
Depends on the place of residence of the person owing maintenance