Our expert says:
Family law expert
The fact that the parties reconciled will certainly be taken into consideration when the Court determines whether your father acted in contempt of a standing order. Moreover, the fact that your father did pay maintenance in excess of what the initial order stipulated, which may result in a finding that your mother was enriched as a consequence of the “over payments” in maintenance. Your father will need to present evidence to the court that there was a substantial change in his circumstances, i.e that he lost his employment and that as a result thereof he is not able to pay maintenance. Only when there are new circumstances since the day of the order will the court intervene or vary the existing order. Unfortunately the order still stands.
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