Spousal Maintenance 

Doray Legal can assist you in advising whether you are entitled to claim spousal maintenance or your estranged spouse or de facto partner is entitled to claim spousal maintenance and, if so, what can be claimed.

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You may be entitled to seek financial support from your spouse or de facto partner (if the Family Court has jurisdiction to deal with your de facto relationship).  The financial support is commonly referred to as spousal maintenance.  In some countries, it is called alimony.

Spousal maintenance is to be distinguished from child support or adult child maintenance.  Child support or adult child maintenance is financial support of the child or children of the marriage or relationship whereas spousal maintenance is financial support of the spouse because the spouse is unable to adequately support themselves and the other spouse has the capacity to provide such financial support.   

Examples of spousal maintenance are:

  • periodic payments;
  • lump sum payments;
  • payment of certain expenses on a one-off basis;
  • payment of certain ongoing expenses;
  • using an asset such as a motor vehicle or occupying a property until the property settlement issue is finally resolved.

It is important to get proper legal advice promptly on whether you are entitled to claim spousal maintenance and, if so, what spousal maintenance you should claim so that you are not struggling to make ends meet.  Time limits apply for making an application to the Family Court for spousal maintenance.

Doray Legal can assist you in the following:

  • advising you whether you are entitled to claim spousal maintenance or your estranged spouse or de facto partner is entitled to claim spousal maintenance and, if so, what spousal maintenance can be claimed;
  • acting for you in seeking spousal maintenance or resisting a spousal maintenance claim.

Contact Doray Legal at 9364 2588 for advice, assistance or representation in relation to spousal maintenance. 

Specialised Services:

  • Mediation 
  • De facto relationships
  • Divorce applications
  • Property settlement
  • Arrangements for children
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Superannuation splitting
  • Applications for consent orders
  • Child support

Family Law Association - Law Council of Australia