Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is a payment from the financially stronger spouse to ensure their former financially dependent partner does not suffer undue hardship as a result of their separation.  This includes same-sex couples.

It is usually only paid for a short period of time.

If you were in a de-facto relationship, you must apply within two years of separation.

If you were married, you must apply within one year of your date of divorce.

Typical questions are:

  • Might I be entitled to Spousal or De-facto Maintenance?
  • Is my ex reasonably able to provide such support?
  • Is my ex seeking Spousal or De-facto Maintenance?
  • Am I reasonably able to provide such support?

If spousal or partner maintenance is likely to be a factor in your separation, it is best to consult with a Family lawyer as soon as possible. West Coast Legal offers a 15-minute telephone consultation to help clarify the issues on (08) 9325 3334.

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