Spousal maintenance, or de facto partner maintenance is a financial support payment made by one party to their former spouse or partner, should they be unable to adequately support themselves. It recognises that there is an obligation to support the other party even after separation or divorce, however it does take into account the extent to which the other person can offer this support.
Applications for spousal maintenance must be made within 12 months of your divorce becoming final (or two years within the breakdown of a de facto relationship).
Steel Legal is experienced in helping clients make these applications, and will work with you to help establish your eligibility and confirm your eligibility to the court.
To begin this process, book a free initial consultation by calling 07 3112 0225 or send us a message.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you remarry, you are no longer entitled to spouse maintenance payments from your previous spouse.
Factors the Court may consider include:
- Your age and health
- Your income, property and financial resources
- Your ability to work
- What is a suitable standard of living
- If the marriage has affected your ability to earn an income.
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