Spousal maintenance is financial support paid by a party to a marriage to their former husband or wife in circumstances where they are unable to adequately support themselves.
Under the Family Law Act, a person has a responsibility to financially assist their spouse or former de facto partner, if that person cannot meet their own reasonable expenses from their personal income or assets.
Where the need exists, both parties have an equal duty to support and maintain each other as far as they can. This obligation can continue even after separation and divorce. The extent of the support depends on what the other party can afford to pay.
Whilst the emotional turmoil of a divorce may be difficult, a spousal maintenance agreement can be taken care of with the assistance of one of our family law lawyers. Strict time limits apply when making an application for spousal maintenance.
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