Who is eligible for spousal maintenance in Western Australia?
Spousal maintenance is available to both married couples and de facto relationships. Married couples can apply under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth.). De facto couples in Western Australia can apply under the Family Court Act 1997 (WA).
Is there a time limit to bring an application?
Yes, if you were married, maintenance must be applied for within 12 months from the date your Australian divorce order takes effect. However, if you were in a de facto relationship with your partner, you have two years from the date of separation to apply for maintenance.