My husband has moved out to live with his lover. I have remained in our large villa. I want to file for maintenance. I am used to a very high standard of living – going out to the theatre and restaurants several times a week, having a subscription at the Israeli Philharmonic and membership at a country club, plus holidays abroad, daily domestic help and a gardener . Can I claim for these as well as for my basic needs ? We are both Jewish.By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 16 May, 2022
Yes! Apart from basic needs associated with running a home (electricity, municipal taxes, water, phone, food etc), a court must also consider other costs associated with the lifestyle to which a wife has become accustomed. Where applicable, a wife can claim for a level of maintenance that takes into account the cost and frequency of holidays abroad, entertainment, country club /gym fees, studies,clothing, visits to the beautician and/or hairdresser and the salaries of domestic/maintenance staff etc.