Spousal Maintenance

Not sure if you or your spouse or de facto partner can claim spousal maintenance?

There is often confusion about what it is spousal maintenance and who is entitled to receive spousal maintenance. We can assist in clearing up any misconceptions you may have, prepare your claim or defend a claim being made against you. 

What is Spousal Maintenance? 

Spousal maintenance is where one party provides a payment to the other party to help financially meet their (not the children’s) reasonable needs after a breakdown in marriage or de facto relationship. Spousal maintenance is therefore separate from child support and adult-child maintenance.  

Spousal maintenance may be provided in the form of periodic payments, lump sum payments, paying on-going or one-off expenses or using an asset until property settlement.  

Assistance with Spousal Maintenance Claims

Gaining legal advice is important when it comes to spousal maintenance as the law has time limits for applying for spousal maintenance and several criteria need to be met to be successful in a spousal maintenance claim. 

Doray Legal can assist with the following:

  • Advise you on whether you or the other party is entitled to spousal maintenance.
  • Guide you on how much maintenance you or the other party may need.
  • Act for you in seeking spousal maintenance.
  • Act for you in resisting a spousal maintenance claim.

If you have any questions about spousal maintenance, call Doray Legal on (08) 9364 2588 or contact us for a consultation and enquire about our reduced fee for your initial consultation.