Spousal and Partner Maintenance
Legally a party to either a marriage or a de facto relationship (including same sex couples) may be able to seek ongoing financial assistance from the other party. This is referred to as spousal maintenance and is separate from a party/parent’s obligation to pay child support for a child of the relationship.
Spousal maintenance is a payment to the party who has a need for financial support and is paid by the other party who has the capacity to provide such support. As part of a claim for spousal maintenance careful consideration is given to each party’s financial circumstances.
Although a claim for spousal maintenance is a separate issue from your property settlement, these two issues are related.
Our Family Law lawyers are able to advise you on your rights in relation to spousal maintenance.
You should seek legal advice to address any financial hardship you may be experiencing following the breakdown of your relationship.