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Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985

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13Orders for periodical allowance

(1)An order under section 8(2) of this Act for a periodical allowance may be made—

(a)an granting decree of divorce;

(b)within such period as the court on granting decree of divorce may specify; or

(c)after decree of divorce where—

(i)no such order has been made previously;

(ii)application for the order has been made after the date of decree; and

(iii)since the date of decree there has been a change of circumstances.

(2)The court shall not make an order for a periodical allowance under section 8(2) of this Act unless—

(a)the order is justified by a principle set out in paragraph

(c), (d) or (e) of section 9(1) of tins Act; and

(b)it is satisfied that an order for payment of a capital sum or for transfer of property under that section would be inappropriate or insufficient to satisfy the requirements of the said section 8(2).

(3)An order under section 8(2) of this Act for a periodical allowance may be for a definite or an indefinite period or until the happening of a specified event.

(4)Where an order for a periodical allowance has been made under section 8(2) of this Act, and since the date of the order there has been a material change of circumstances, the court shall, on an application by or on behalf of either party to the marriage or his executor, have power by subsequent order—

(a)to vary or recall the order for a periodical allowance;

(b)to backdate such variation or recall to the date of the application therefor or, on cause shown, to an earlier date;

(c)to convert the order into an order for payment of a capital sum or for a transfer of property.

(5)The provisions of this Act shall apply to applications and orders under subsection (4) above as they apply to applications for periodical allowance and orders on such applications.

(6)Where the court backdates an order under subsection (4)(b) above, the court may order any sums paid by way of periodical allowance to be repaid.

(7)An order for a periodical allowance made under section 8(2) of this Act—

(a)shall, if subsisting at the death of the party making the payment, continue to operate against that party's estate, but without prejudice to the making of an order under subsection (4) above;

(b)shall cease to have effect on the remarriage or death of the party receiving payment, except in relation to any arrears due under it.

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