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Italy ends divorcees' right to automatic indefinite maintenance payments

The Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy has delivered a landmark judgment, stating that parties who divorce and have independent means or the capacity to work should not expect to receive indefinite maintenance payments on the basis that they were entitled to retain the same tenor of life as when married.

The judgment was handed down in proceedings between Vittorio Grilli, Italy's economy and finances minister from 2012 to 2013, and his US-born wife, Lisa Lowenstein.

For a report in The Telegraph, click here.