Spousal maintenance can be confusing and leaves many people wondering if they or their spouse or de facto partner are eligible to make a claim. Spousal maintenance is when one party pays the other to meet their financial requirements after the breakdown of the marriage or de facto relationship. The payment doesn’t take into account the financial needs of any children of the relationship, that’s covered by child support and adult-child maintenance.
Sage Family Lawyers can assist you in:
- Providing advice on your eligibility for spousal maintenance based on the income and expenses of both parties
- Providing advice on the other party’s entitlement to spousal maintenance
- Making a spousal maintenance claim
- Resisting a spousal maintenance claim
To be successful in gaining a spousal maintenance claim, certain criteria need to be met and the claim made within time limits. Spousal maintenance may be paid as a one-off, lump sum payment or as periodic payments.